Vanitas MMXVlll

Hironaka & Suib, 2018, video
Above: Mapped architectural projection at The National Hotel, Miami Beach, December 2018.

Hironaka & Suib continue the centuries-old tradition of the vanitas still life in their massive projection titled Vanitas MMXVlll. Here, common still-life motifs are completely unmoored from their tabletop arrangement. Bruised, molding and half-eaten fruit, broken glass and mirror, wilting flowers and skulls tumble slowly upwards. Vanitas MMXVlll destabilizes the traditional still life motifs to reflect our current cultural moment, where formerly stable institutions that once embodied shared values are undermined while pride and avarice have been elevated to virtues.

Single-channel version – Running time: 2:50