Last Time We Walked on a Frozen River
Ugnius Gelguda and Neringa Cerniauskaite, 16 mm film, bread crumbs, seagulls, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, 2013.
Photo-documentation of Haacke’s Live Airborne System, planned 1965, executed 1968, captures the artist’s intervention in an ecological system, throwing crumbs to seagulls off a pier in Coney Island, Brooklyn. In 2013, this gesture of intervention acquires almost extreme urgency. When “futuristic” speculations about changes finally becomes official governmental policy, the artistic interaction is no longer about creating sculptural objects, but about demonstrating interconnectedness of all agents in large-scale systems. It is not a mere reiteration of the artist’s gesture: in the loop of 16 mm film, one is suspended in the ambiguity of the scene – is the gathering of seagulls caused by human intervention, or is it taking place already without any human presence?
16 mm still, 01 min 21 sec