Hyperbaric-Hypobaric: Undine’s Curse, film pamphlet. 2007.
Hyperbaric-Hypobaric: Nicole Renard in the Grotto Verde in Northern Italy; film still from Undine’s Curse, 2007. See film
Hyperbaric-Hypobaric: Nicole Renard with a Lincordian during filming, 2007.
Hyperbaric-Hypobaric: (L) The ascension in Undine’s Curse with György Ligeti’s Atmosphères (1961) scored for multiple accordions. (R) The effects of Hypoxia. 2007.
Hyperbaric-Hypobaric: Divers clad in Galeazzi suits drawing the Hyperbaric Chamber out of the Hudson River, during filming of Undine’s Curse. 2007.
Hyperbaric-Hypobaric: Nicole Renard being decompressed in a barn in Garrison, NY. 2007.
Hyperbaric-Hypobaric: Installation view Hyperbaric–Hypobaric, Alexander and Bonin, New York. 2008.
Hyperbaric-Hypobaric: Hyperbaric Chamber with a live sponge contained in a Bubble Chamber. 2009
Hyperbaric-Hypobaric: Bubble Chamber made by singing a passage from Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria into a soap bubble and then modeling it from the photographic evidence. 2008
Hypobaric-Hyperbaric: Installation view of the Evolutionary Links and Lincordion. 2008
Hyperbaric-Hypobaric, The Cabinet of Evolutionary Links: A painted vitrine displaying thirty printed boxes each holding a tin can, salt, an engraved link and an information card describing thirty specimens with unusual forms of respiration. 2008. See Editions
Hyperbaric-Hypobaric, The Cabinet of Evolutionary Links, Thirty printed boxes each holding a tin can, salt, an engraved link and an information card describing thirty specimens with unusual forms of respiration. 2008. See Editions
Hyperbaric-Hypobaric: Lincordian, a translucent accordion tuned to a special pitch for the recording of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. 2007. See Editions
Hyperbaric-Hypobaric: A special edition: the Lincordian mounted atop on a resin-bonded salt crystal. 2007. Courtesy Guido Costa Projects, Turin. See Editions
Hyperbaric-Hypobaric: A miniature Hypobaric Chamber containing a taxidermied canary, a pressure sensitive sound board is installed in the bird. 2007.
Hyperbaric-Hypobaric: Drawing of the Hyperbaric–Hypobaric atmospheric suit; polycarbonate sheet, 72 x 42 in. 2009
Hyperbaric–Hypobaric, pigment print 53 x 35 in., 2008. See Prints
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ABOUT HYPERBARIC–HYPOBARIC (2006–2008)
Hyperbaric–Hypobaric was conceived to investigate a poetic metaphor, an examination of the way memory is altered by extremes of atmospheric pressure. Two states occur: in a hypobaric (low pressure) state euphoria occurs prior to unconsciousness; in a hyperbaric (high pressure) state the emotional quality is harder to determine, but evidence suggests anxiety.
The atmospheric suit is the key to existing between these two states; it is a prophylactic, a contemporary knight’s armor. This suit in the installation is a composite construction, combining designs from the early twentieth century, which collectively achieved joints unaffected by extreme pressure: a suit that can descend a thousand feet into the ocean, but also beyond the stratosphere. A film, Undine’s Curse, unites the opposite and complementary aspects of this project.