Video with sound

7 minutes 2 seconds (loop)

Black Box

Departing from a side-by-side view of St. George and the Dragon and an excerpt from Pumping Iron, the video imagines the myth as a tool to decode present day society. In the conversation between Schwarzenegger and St. George, questions arise regarding loneliness, death, legend, salvation and the infinite. The work attempts to explore the relationship between language, image and sound. Connecting the material world to the myth, shifting the perception of time and place. What purpose serves the head of a bodybuilder and what can we see through the eyes of the boy that is facing down?

Video and recordings

Nicolas Jaar on sound and silence. Overmorrow’s Library Podcast, Season 2 Episode 16. Hosted by Federico Campagna. The Centre d’Art Contemporain Genéve. (6 October 2022).

Pumping Iron (1977). Directed by George Butler and Robert Fiore. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Produced by George Butler and Jerome Gary. White Mountain Films.


Chiesa di San Lorenzo, Sostegno, Italy.
Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, Venice, Italy.


Carpaccio, Vittore. St. George and the Dragon, 1502. Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, Venice, Italy.