In the second of our Digital Duchamp commissions, bringing the work of Marcel Duchamp into the digital age, we present Dusty Mariee by Eleonora Oreggia.
‘ …a brutalist kiss between the Barbican and Balfron with all the dust and air and
magnetism crushed between them… ‘
Dusty Mariee is a live, continuous, audio-video stream broadcasting to the Internet from the nineteenth floor of the Balfron Tower in East London. Designed by Ernő Goldfinger in 1963, the tower is an iconic example of Brutalist architecture, not too dissimilar to the harsh but beautiful concrete surroundings of the Barbican Estate itself.
But who – or what – is Dusty Mariee? This short film, realised in collaboration with film-maker Jen Fearnley introduces the unique piece, offering a surprisingly beautiful view of East London from above.
Dusty Mariee is streaming live from the ninetheenth floor of the Balfron Tower until 9 June on http://xname.cc/dusty_mariee
About Eleonora Oreggia
Eleonora Oreggia (also known as xname) is a new media artist and developer born in Milan and based in London. She received an MA Hons in Visual Arts from the University of Bologna (DAMS, Drama, Art and Music Studies), with a thesis in Semiotics of Art. Her work focuses on audiovisual pieces, software art, interactive installations. http://xname.cc
About Digital Duchamp
As part of our Dancing around Duchamp season, celebrating the lasting influence of Duchamp on the art world, Digital Duchamp sees the Barbican work in collaboration with PhD students on the Media and Arts Technology Programme at Queen Mary, University of London to create digital works of art directly inspired by the themes of the multi-disciplinary season including change, provocative humour and real life over art.