Helen Marten / How to protect beauty from dust and piranhas
Written and composed in response to the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011 designed by Peter Zumthor, the animated video Dust and Piranhas (2011) is
narrated primarily by a pair of anthropomorphic columns – one white
classical Doric, the other wooden, inflated and postmodern. These
protagonists guide us through a wavering commentary about stylistic
choices that point towards notions of status and consumer culture.