Camille Henrot is probably best known for her video Grosse Fatigue (Dead Tired, 2013), a mindboggling, 13-minute history of the universe for which she was awarded the prize for best promising young artist at the Venice Biennial. Set to a soundtrack blending hip-hop poetry and the spoken word, the video presents a computer desktop on which windows pop up with discordant images (soap bubbles, taxidermy birds, an orange, bubbly water, snakes, the cosmos, batteries) and then collapse in frantic succession, mimicking the way we scroll through information on the Internet. Grosse Fatigue effectively embodies the anxiety brought on by the dizzying proliferation of knowledge accessible online; it represents, however, only one tangent of the artist’s intimidatingly versatile work.
Camille Henrot, Extinction on the Table (2015)
- Recto-verso UV print on a sheet of white nitrile rubber, 22 x 30 x 1/8 inches, ca. 5lb (55 x 75 x 0.35 cm, ca. 2.5kg). Edition of 35. Printed by Laumont Studio, New York. Published by Parkett, Zurich. €2,500.