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Helen Marten, Dust and Piranhas, 2011, still from a color video, 25 minutes 25 seconds.

Helen Marten

Serpentine Galleries

Helen Marten, Dust and Piranhas, 2011, still from a color video, 25 minutes 25 seconds.

Helen Marten has been garnering a reputation for expansive sculptural installations in which she orchestrates the buzz of conversation between suggestive form and perverted function, material and finish, image and effect, glamour and illusion. What preoccupies her is the range of qualities inherent in the products that populate our environment. How is it that we can largely ignore the embedded intelligence and technical know-how in things and yet still make use of them? And if we do notice these aspects of an object, what can they tell us about the political viewpoints and cultural attitudes they at once reveal and reinforce?

Dust and Piranhas, 2011, a digital animation whose visuals and sound track combine jokiness with polemic, is her first video. It was shown one night this past August in the Serpentine Gallery’s summer pavilion, which this year took the form of a hortus conclusus

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