Spaghetti Blockchain opens with a throat singer from the Tuva region of the vast Siberian prairie. As the film goes on, the deep drone of her voice in the expansive natural landscape is juxtaposed with highly technical imagery and the low electronic hum of the Large Hadron Collider, a particle accelerator that Rottenberg filmed while she was a guest artist at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), near Geneva. What follows is a series of strange and colourful scenes that evoke the satisfaction induced by ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) videos: a hand slices a roll of gelatin and fries it, another squishes a mound of turquoise dough, and a third noisily stirs a bunch of colourful plastic balls.
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Spaghetti Blockchain (video still), 2019.
Single-channel video installation, sound, colour. 18 min 14 s.
Produced by Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto; Arts at CERN, the arts program of the European Laboratory of Particle Physics, Geneva, with the support of the Permanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations, Geneva; Sprengel Museum Hannover, with the support of Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung; and New Museum, New York.
©Mika Rottenberg. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.