Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
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Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, 2011

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Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea
Description
video projection hd, colour, sound
Duration
0:4:26
No. Elements
1
Edition

6/6

Object Type
video
Credits
©Mircea Cantor - Courtesy Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Torino - Proprietà della Fondazione per l'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT
The Artist
Why do we always desire something? Why do we incessantly beg? And again, why do we want above all what we cannot hold onto? There are so many questions that arise, looking at Mircea Cantor’s Sic Transit Gloria Mundi (Thus Passes the Glory of the World, 2012). In the film, which is only a few minutes long, a woman ignites the wire of a fuse and distributes it among a group of people before her, apparently beggars, who humbly long for something. Kneeling in a circle, their faces on the ground, each member of this silent assembly extends one hand in which he accepts the flame that rapidly traverses the fuse, while a rhythmic sound punctuates the fleeting passage. The fire finally reaches the far end of the fuse, burning out before the woman’s eyes and quickly vanishing without a trace. [...]
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