Lisa Tan's Waves, 2014 (excerpt)

Excerpt of Lisa Tan's video Waves, 2014, which is included in the New Museum's 2015 Triennial: “Surround Audience.” This video by Stockholm-based American artist Lisa Tan departs from Virginia Woolf's experimental novel The Waves and constructs a meta-conversation with Woolf's prose, Courbet's paintings of the sea, Google's data centers cooled by the Baltic Sea, invisible jellyfish, and transoceanic cables.

Lisa Tan's studio, Stockholm, Sweden
Ellwood Beach, Santa Barbara, California, USA
Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
An overlook near the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland
A flight from London to Los Angeles
A beach in Fårö, Gotland
Ferry from Svolvær to Bodø, Norway
El Matador State Beach, Malibu, California, USA
A flight from Dallas to El Paso, Texas, USA
Praia do Amado, Algarve, Portugal

The artist’s mother’s television on standby
Skype conversation between Dorit Cypis and Lisa Tan
Google Cultural Institute, Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Gustave Courbet, “The Wave” 1869
Sound from the vending machines at the Iceland Academy of Art
“Mick Fanning, 1 Hour 4 Waves”, available on British Airways Flight BA0269
Flight map on British Airways Flight BA0269
Tour guide speaking to a group of students at the Städel Museum

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Video by Lisa Tan
Final editing by Nils Fridén
Special thanks to Dorit Cypis, Göran Dahlberg, Jonas Dahlberg, Mara Lee Gerdén
Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Paul Kennedy, Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir
Additional support for this video provided by the
University of Gothenburg, Valand Academy