1. Close-up on soap bubble.
2. The first soap bubble is released for the attending crowd. Photo credit: Andrea-Jane Cornell
On Wednesday May 27, Verena Friedrich presented an artist talk that culminates in a demonstration of her new work.
Verena Friedrich offered an overview of her recent works that bridge art historical and scientific concerns related to ephemerality and stability. Her presentation culminated in the unveiling of her soap bubble machine and the releasing of soap bubbles into a custom made display case designed to suspend the bubbles in mid-air and consequently prolong their lives. The Long Now serves as a companion to Friedrich's Vanitas Machine in which she intervened with the atmosphere surrounding a candle to make it burn longer.