Raniculus and Remus: Installed in Carlile Gallery London, 1985
Raniculus and Remus: Remus slowly orbiting Raniculus whilst playing The Blue Danube by Richard Strauss on the phonograph during the climax of a lunar cycle, Carlile Gallery, London.1985
Raniculus and Remus: Raniculus dusted in Prussian blue pigment, awaits a full moon, and the charms of Remus, installed in Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna. 1992
Raniculus and Remus: Early preparatory drawing. 1985
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ABOUT RANICULUS AND REMUS (1985)
Raniculus and Remus depict a process of the life and death of passion between two bodies governed by the moon. Raniculus represents the purity of the world by the isolation of water from the atmosphere. Live Raniculus Aquatartus or its common term Hogweed lays dormant in the bowels of the machine.
The Raniculus Aquatartus is encouraged to release small amounts of pure oxygen on full moons by the action of Remus circumnavigating Raniculus in an electrical orbit, thus illuminating him in ultra violet light and simultaneously cutting into a pre-charged disc the timeless rhythms of The Blue Danube by Richard Strauss (the younger) on each consecutive full moon.
It is perhaps Raniculus’ action, which is the greatest display of euphoria as, on a full moon when Remus is performing her finest act of passion, Raniculus is in state of being extremely sensitive to ultra violet light. His whole body is open and thus allows light, directed by means of mica mirrors into the stomach of Raniculus. In this condition the plant, submerged in water, expels small quantities of oxygen. This air is allowed to be distributed through arteries in an extraordinary display of producing a single glass of aerated water in its finest form.
The water and air, being fundamental to life, combine in unison and from this point the process ends. As the new moon is present the water begins its 29 ½ day cycle of being consumed back into the atmosphere by natural evaporation.