40,000 feet, Su Tomesen

su-01November 11 – 22, 2009 *Extended through the 29th of November (by appointment)
Reception: Thursday, November 12th & 18th, 6-9pm
Location: Ice Box
Hours: Wed – Sun 12-6pm
Link: www.sutomesen.nl/
Press: Big pictures at the Ice Box via The Art Blog

The video-installation 40,000 feet is a moving painting made for the Icebox Project Space, marking the first international exhibitor to utilize the new video system.

The site-specific piece by Dutch visual artist Su Tomesen consists of slow images of clouds, contrails, islands and oceans.


Tomesen created the video by filming from various airplanes around the world: Cuba, the Bahamas, Jordan, Italy, the Caucasus, the U.K. and the Netherlands.

In the Icebox, she completes the videos on the huge wall with smoke, light, and sound by Soundsystem 747.


In his book “The Art of Travel” British writer and philosopher Alain de Botton describes what he calls “the alien landscape”:

The clouds bring calm. Below us are our enemies and colleagues, the places of our fears and our grief. Tiny they are now, like scratches in the earth. And though we all know that old lesson in perspective so well, it rarely seems so true as when our noses are pressed against the cold airplane window.

In 2008, the video-installation 40,000 Feet was exhibited at various art spaces and a club in the Netherlands as a 6-channel panorama and as a 1-channel piece.

Thanks to “Pass the Dutchie,” a cultural initiative of Candy Depew for introducing this incredible artist to Philadelphia.

“Pass the Dutchie” facilitates presentations of cutting-edge Dutch artists & designers while highlighting the remarkably supportive and progressive cultural climate of the Netherlands as a global model for sound artistic growth.


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