HD Video, sound, colour
Courtesy of Reena Spaulings Fine Arts, Galerie Neu and the Artist
For her show at Reena Spaulings Fine Arts in 2018, Klara Lidén has raised the gallery floor to make a plywood screen for the continuous take of her new video Grounding, filmed in Lower Manhattan two weeks before the exhibition’s opening. Taking an iconic Massive Attack music video (Unfinished Sympathy, 1991) as a starting point, Lidén adapts its steady-cam choreography for an improvised walk in Lower Manhattan. Here, Chase Manhattan Plaza and the New York Stock Exchange become stage sets for a traveling shot that documents a sequence of hard pratfalls onto pavement. Walking while falling, falling back into walking, the artist’s fluid return to vertical, forward momentum after each stumble invents a mesmerizing ramble that puts the possibility of taking a rest back into motion.