For Caroline Monnet (b. 1985), the Atlantic Ocean links the two sides of her identity, shaped by her Algonquin ancestry in Canada and her French ancestry in Europe. The SCHIRN presents, in its Rotunda, Monnet’s immersive video work Transatlantic (2018, 15 min.), which documents the artist’s twenty-two-day journey by cargo ship from Europe to Canada.
Mirrored at the center and accompanied by a soundtrack of Morse code and radio frequencies in a filmic montage, the images of the Atlantic crossing exert a forceful pull. This contrasts with the static equilibrium of the three concrete spheres of Proximal I, II, III (2018/2020) which, in the SCHIRN, are combined with the video work to create a powerful installation.