Triviality Inverted, 2001
In “Triviality Inverted”, a fish-eye lens is used to project video images on the inside of a transparent hemispherical tent. The images tell the everyday story of an elderly man, in repeating sequences. His unspectacular daily round consists of vacuuming, cooking, tending plants, sleeping etc. No external influences disturb the encapsulated, monotonous sequence that determines the rhythm of domestic life. The sound is equally trivial: the everyday noises accompanying this infinite monotony. Bigert & Bergström are toying with the idea of a preserved world where demands are modest and we are content – unaware of anything else. Viewers need to walk around the dome to fully grasp the scenes in this inverted space, thus they become actively involved in the cycle of passing time. This work may seem reminiscent of the kitschy little souvenirs that fill up with whirling snowflakes when you shake them - the electronic snowfall between the scenes reinforces this association - but “Triviality Inverted” does not present an idyll or a romantic scene. Rather, as in most works by these artists, it creates counter images of claustrophobic confinement, on several levels.