HENNESSY 250 TOUR COMMISSION - The Spirit of Legacy
Oursler’s project is a sculptural installation mixing video, sound and voice. This multi-media wall piece, of approximately 9ft high by 6ft wide, consists of several layers of video in which the artist explores the connectivity and social bonding implicit in the distillation process of spirits. In the background, Oursler uses the symbol of fluid, shot in extreme slow motion, to express the beauty of the liquid and the links between people and cultures in a long everflowing motion. Alongside are five « heads » animated by projected performers speaking over each other. In this piece, Tony Oursler keys into the positive connotations that accompany ideas of spirits, playing in particular on the concept of being ‘spirited’.