Syncronized Swimmers

Rewired cassette players are conducted through video by the movements of early synchronized swimmers, producing an automated soundtrack to accompany their gestures. Each swimmer has been assigned a section of the moving image, thereby symbolically dissecting the group dynamic to emphasize the strength each member has on the whole and the power of cooperation.

Accompanying this work is a set of gelatin monoprints depicting film stills from Hollywood’s portrayal of synchronized swimming. The process of making a gelatin monoprint as it transforms from liquid to solid closely relates to the swimmers’ fluid atmosphere and movements as they coalesce into beautiful, unified forms. The gelatin also references the overt superficiality of the sport, as the coating was used to keep the swimmer’s hair in place to avoid losing points for an unkempt appearance.


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