21st-century decadence.

Oliver Payne and Nick Relph, Mixtape, 2002, film still.

In a sequence of British artists Oliver Payne and Nick Relph’s video Mixtape, you can see a teenager in rainbow-coloured trousers leaning against a building, walking a rhinestone-studded turtle on a leash. This must be the 21st-century version of Des Esseintes’s eccentric creation

One thought on “21st-century decadence.

  1. A rebour is one of my favorite books, and the jewelled tortoise is the screensaver whenever my mind goes idle. Another bit I like is when Des Esseintes hires a prostitute to put on a puppet show with his statue of the Sphinx.

    Nice!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s