Rico Scagliola / Michael Meier

Double Extension Beauty Tubes, 2008-2010

10 channel video installation, size variable
Collection Fotomuseum Winterthur, with support of the Federal Council of Culture Switzerland
Inv. no. 2011-001-000d
© Rico Scagliola & Michael Meier

Rico Scagliola / Michael Meier
Rico Scagliola, b. 1985 (Uster, CH); Michael Meier, b. 1982 (Chur, CH), live and work in Zurich, CH

In Double Extension Beauty Tube, thousands of photographs of self-absorbed youth—flashing up in staccatoed rhythm or dissipating as if in slow motion—are interwoven into a dazzling visual tapestry of diverse gender identities, accompanied by a pulsing beat. The large scale video installation by Scagliola/Meier is a contemporary counterpart to Nan Goldin’s famous slideshow, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, which became legendary for its documentation of the 1970 and 80s Boston and New York underground scene.