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In this short video from the Brazilian artists Rivane Neuenschwander and Cao Guimarães, a lone soap bubble traverses empty rooms in a house under renovation, seemingly defying physics as it avoids fatal contact with any surface. A soundscape of scrapes, thuds and discordant synthesisers heightens the tension as the bubble somehow stays afloat. A mysterious, playful exploration of space and movement, The Tenant delights in the phenomena of the unpopped bubble – an object that Guimarães has called ‘a metaphor for the unpredictable continuity of all things’. The video was screened as part of Neuenschwander’s exhibition Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other, which debuted at the New Museum in New York City in 2010.
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