Raft of the Medusa, audio-visual installation
Materials: Raft of the Medusa sculpture, used clothes, rope, ladders, various objects, 3 HD monitors, 3 Brightsign 4K HD224 media players, stereo audio speakers
Exhibition history: 2020 John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; The Edge, Bath; The Arts Institute, Plymouth UK
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta
The Raft of the Medusa, an enormous make-shift raft-sculpture commissioned by Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2013) includes this immersive three-channel audio-video installation. Inspired by the romantic depiction of the shipwreck Le Radeau de la Méduse (Théodore Géricault 1818-1819), the installation is a symbol of man’s fragility, helplessness and hope, evoking the fateful journeys of slaves and migrants throughout history. The video installation was commissioned by the Arts Council of England (2019) and closes a cycle of three performances that took place at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2013), Les Moulins (2015) and Humber Street Gallery (2017).