Pipilotti Rist: Selbstlos im Lavabad (Selfless in the Bath of Lava)

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Pipilotti Rist: Selbstlos im Lavabad (Selfless in the Bath of Lava). Selbstlos im Lavabad is comprised of a small video embedded in a hole on the floor. In the video, the artist swims nude in an incandescent lava bath and cries out “I am a worm and you are a flower!” This video was first exhibited in Basel, Switzerland in 1994. In a later exhibition in Zürich, Switzerland, the video was placed at the foot of a Madonna and Child sculpture emphasizing the religious notion of damnation as suggested by the video. Selbstlos im Lavabad is located in the Lobby floorboards.

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