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Digital Duchamp: Dusty Mariee – the Brutalist kiss

xname’s Dusty Mariee, is our second Digital Duchamp commission with Queen Mary, University of London, a work that injects Duchamp’s groundbreaking ‘readymade’ approach to creating art to the council estates of East London and the Brutalist architecture of the Balfron Tower with a live stream from the nineteenth floor.

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  • We spoke to artist Eleonora Oreggia about her ideas behind the piece

The stream represents the large glass that separates my personal space from the external world, that is to say: private and public life. The camera focuses on the dust stratifying on the surface of the glass, while London and the artist inhabiting the flat appear as projections, phantom shadows over the much more stable, yet ever-changing, image of the dust. Contact microphones on the surface of the window transform the glass into a very powerful long distance zoom: at random, the construction captures and reproduces the sounds that the city of London emits through the internet, transforming the glass into a gigantic microphone.

  • How is Dusty Mariee inspired by Duchamp?

This piece is a ready-made – a window becomes the subject of artistic inspection. The image that the camera reproduces is intrinsically different when focussing on the dust stratifying over the glass, as the picture of the city becomes bleared, surreal, pictorial, as if coming from another world or a different time and dimension. When the night comes, or the lights are turned on in the room, the dust becomes more visible, and the reflection of the internal space of the house overlays and mixes with that of London, offering a glimpse of Duchamp’s strongest obsession, the fourth dimension, the projection of a three dimensional reality over another three dimensional space, as seen in Duchamp’s Large Glass.

Dusty Mariee is part of Digital Duchamp, a collaboration with PhD students on the Media and Arts Technology Programme at Queen Mary, University of London as part of our Dancing around Duchamp season. Find out more about the artist, Eleonora Oreggia on her website:

Photos: Valentina Schivardi