The Feast of Trimalchio

AES+F   |   2009-2010   |   6 min   |   Excerpt

Second part of The Liminal Space Trilogy

2009-2010

HD video installation (9-, 3-, and 1-channel versions)

 

The Feast of Trimalchio is an interpretation of the witty but melancholy fiction ‘Satyricon’ by the Roman poet Petronius. In the ancient story Trimalchio’s feast was portrayed as the ideal celebration that Trimalchio imagined for his own funeral. In AES+F’s 21st Century version, an orgy of consumerism reflects on the contemporary state of Russia and indeed the world. Created from over 75,000 photographs, the complete work is a nine-channel panoramic video that made its celebrated debut at the 2009 Venice Biennale.

First formed as AES Group in 1987 by Arzamasova, Evzovich, and Svyatsky, the collective became AES+F when Fridkes joined in 1995. AES+F work at the intersection of traditional media, photography, video and digital technologies. They define their practice as a kind of "social psychonalysis" through which they reveal and explore the values, vices and conflicts of contemporary global culture.

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