Adrenaline Dream, 1993

The installation “Adrenaline Dream” was made for the Aperto section of the Venice Biennal in 1993. It was a two-part installation: a camouflaged greenhouse flanked by two pulsating latex walls. Inside the green house a crash test dummy, dressed in a spangled rescue suit, lay resting - like a lit de parade.  Every second minute the body of the figure started to tremble like having an epileptic seizure. This human quake would draw a parable to a hypnagogic state where the person who is just about to fall asleep, stumbles upon a threshold in the dream and wakes up with a hypnic jerk.

Adrenaline Dream
Aluminum, screen print on glass, tiles,
vibrator, latex walls, fans, spangles,
crash test dummy
6 x 3 x 5m
Bigert & Bergström 1993

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Achtung Adrenaline!
John Peter Nilsson, from catalogue Aperto 93 Emergency, XLV Biennale Di Venezia

In twelve episodes of "Dallas", Bobby Ewing was dead. As it turned out, his death was only a dream had by his wife Pamela and Bobby was resurrected as if nothing had ever happened. In the world of the television series, everything passes as if it is the natural course of events... but Bobby's resurrection cannot only be seen as a trick used to increase the number of viewers. The event can also be interpreted as a symptom of our zeitgeist.. Bigert & Bergström's installations are often reminiscent of incubators or kinds of biospheres, artificial stagings designed to save lives. Incubators and biospheres provide protection in a world that can no longer keep people and animals alive or make nature flourish and grow. A profoundly tragic picture is developed: mankind can no longer survive by "natural means." She is in a coma, attached to a respirator, an artificial lung. She no longer has control over her own life but is at the mercy of technology, her own creation. On the other hand, what are her choices? Can't the incubator also be seen as a greenhouse, a laboratory, in which something new grows and takes shape? The body twiches, not in a convulsion of death, but on the contrary is filled with biotechnically simulated adrenaline and – wow! – just like Bobby in "Dallas" is resurrected as if from a dream...
Bigert & Bergström's installations are doubly coded. On one side appears an unreal hallucinatory dream state, a world where previously concrete conceptions have collapsed and converged in strange mutations. There exist an immediate threat. On the other side the threat produces a shock, which awakens slumbering feelings.
Achtung Adrenaline!
Life saving.

Adrenaline Dream
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Bigert & Bergström 1993
No titel
Glass sketch: enamel on three layered glass
60 x 40 cm
Bigert & Bergström 1993
No titel
Glass sketch: enamel on three layered glass
60 x 40 cm
Bigert & Bergström 1993
No titel
Glass sketch: enamel on three layered glass
60 x 40 cm
Bigert & Bergström 1993

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Studio Bigert & Bergström

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Västmannagatan 73
113 26 Stockholm
Sweden

Email:
post@bigertbergstrom.com

Mats Bigert
Phone:
+46 708 57 86 52
Email:
bigert@bigertbergstrom.com

Lars Bergström
Phone:
+46 708 57 86 53
Email:
bergstrom@bigertbergstrom.com

Represented by:
Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm

Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Cis Art Lodgers, Barcelona

 

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