Pipilotti Rist: Selbstlos im Lavabad (Selfless in the Bath of Lava)
Selbstlos im Lavabad is comprised of a small video embedded in a hole on the floor. In the video, the artist swims nude in an incandescent lava bath and cries out “I am a worm and you are a flower!” This video was first exhibited in Basel, Switzerland in 1994. In a later exhibition in Zürich, Switzerland, the video was placed at the foot of a Madonna and Child sculpture emphasizing the religious notion of damnation as suggested by the video.
Selbstlos im Lavabad is located in the Lobby floorboards.
Pipilotti Rist. Selbstlos im Lavabad (Selfless in the Bath of Lava). 1994. Photo: Martin Seck. Courtesy MoMA PS1.