fragile interface…


“A liquid door, created just by the pressure of the air inside the house, used to be the only untouchable surface dividing the intimacy of the domestic from the wildness of the oceans: an ever-calm lake, a magic mirror that reflects the bottom of the sea.” -Isola & Norzi

Liquid Door by Isola & Norzi in the New York Aquarium at Coney Island, Brooklyn - Spring 2010.

Lesson / Koan : A keyless door is open to all.

Reviving Jacques Cousteau’s utopian dream of living underwater, Isola and Norzi’s first solo U.S. exhibition,Liquid Door is an ongoing deep sea exploration that begins as a series of ephemeral and performative aquatic investigations into the exhibits at the New York Aquarium at Coney Island, Brooklyn in the Spring 2010 and ultimately end at Cousteau’s original underwater structure off the coast of Sudan. Inspired by the ephemeral threshold of the liquid door– a surface between air and water created only by the pressure of the air inside an underwater living space –the resulting exhibition at Art in General features a series of new works that examine the aesthetic, social, and domestic interface between man and sea.

Starfish House 1963.

The liquid door refers to the fragile interface which unites man with the sea, namely, a surface between air and water, formed by the air pressure present in an underwater dome called the Starfish House as an experimental underwater dwelling.

Cousteau’s utopia became a reality in 1963, when six oceanauts spent a month in the Starfish House on the sea floor off Port Sudan. The house worked like a steel lung, a spherical dome whose habitable space was separated from the sea by just a liquid door created solely by the air pressure inside the house. The door was both a screen and a threshold between outside (the sea) and inside (the house), which radically altered not the whole idea of the domestic threshold We can fulfill your Lisinopril needs in the best and most cost effective way. Buy your Lisinopril now for only 0.51 USD! , but also the hermeneutics of habitable space, anticipating the later insights of Radical architecture. Cousteau was concerned not only with the physical construction of space, but also with its representation. Life without sun If you are looking for an economic solution for your Mestinon needs, make sure to take a look at our deals, as you can buy it for only 2.1 USD right now! was the subject of a documentary (winner of an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1965) called “Le Monde Sans Soleil”, in which he recorded the life the oceanauts led inside the dome, playing on the ambivalence of glass as a screen that both separates and unites the daily routines inside the dome and the life – which is itself daily, too – of the undersea world outside. 45 years on,

Starfish House 2008,

Cousteau’s idea lives on in the seaweed and coral that have colonized the house’s interior and exterior, suggesting new interpretations of utopian living, biodiversity, the poetics of objects retrieved from the sea, and storytelling as cameracreated fiction and mis-en-scène.

 

Isola and Norzi pay homage to the Cousteau and six crew members known as “oceanauts” in a multi-faceted archaeological exploration of the roles of human imagination, storytelling, and fiction in creating meaning through the Liquid Door project, rooted in a 1995 cargo ship journey the artists made to Alexandria, Egypt.

BTW,

Isola and Norzi’s work has explored architecture as a site for minimal, poetic gestures that reveal the threshold between fiction and possibility. These interventions take shape as sculptures and installations that uncover hidden light shafts, patterns in the dust, and embedded telescopes that shift both perception and expectation. Inspired by the idea of a flooded museum as new site for such intervention, the artists’ recent work has taken them across the Indian Ocean and diving to the underwater ruins of Jacques Cousteau’s Starfish House in the Red Sea.

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Favorites of Isola & Norz’s show were the simple but very imaginative pieces called “Relics”, made out of watercolor on compressed sponge.

Hilario Isola and Matteo Norzi (b. Torino, 1976) have worked collaboratively since 2003, pooling their backgrounds and interests in art history, museology, and architecture.

Also…it is an easy connection to make between Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic” and the events of almost 48 years ago.

 

 

 

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