120.000" Under the Pool

120.000" Under the Pool (2015) is a video installation in a 2.75m x 3m room. A video shot from the bottom of a 10-foot deep swimming pool in Los Angeles was projected onto a handmade 7' x 8' projection screen suspended from the ceiling. Pool floatation devices were placed around the room for people to lay down and look up.

Since time spent underwater is generally so limited I wanted to impart the bizarre yet tranquil feeling of dipping below water’s surface.

The project began as a general interest in the history of swimming pools but segued into a study of human being's relationship with water; particularly water that is used for recreation. I focused on the phenomenology of being underwater and the pleasure that the sensation derives. ☀︎

A special thank you to Rebeca Méndez for her support.

Medium: Video, cotton, wood
Video length: 5m50s 
Video ratio: 4:3
Publication: 2015

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