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.


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