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Medium: Video
Year created: 2018
Location: Online
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Fools' Feast Xavier Solé Mora

Fools' Feast was chosen as the winning entry in the 2017-18 Aspen Digital Art Award.

Fools' Feast presents a dream-like scene that invites the audience to be absorbed by the preposterous.

Five hippos float in a dark void; the enormous mammals move their weightless bodies gracefully, creating a mesmerising spectacle in an unidentifiable expanse of emptiness. This gentle choreography disguises the danger they pose in the wild, and in watching we are compelled to magnify or minimise the perception of risk posed by these enormous, unknowable creatures.

The work is inspired by Francisco Goya’s etching “Disparate de tontos” (Fools’ Folly) from the series “Los Disparates” (The Follies).


Xavier Solé Mora

Xavier Solé Mora’s artistic practice is concerned with the power of cruelty and how to make it seductive through archly naive setups. Profoundly influenced by Francisco Goya, his satirical work portrays an irrational society where the boundaries between nastiness and enjoyment are blurred. Using playful manipulations, his artworks allow the audience to engage with bittersweet wrongdoing and guilty pleasures. His body of work encompasses film, virtual reality, interactive installations, web-art and happenings.

Xavier was born in Barcelona and lives and works in London. He is Visual artist and Senior Lecturer at Ravensbourne University London. He holds an MA in Fine Art Digital from Camberwell College of Arts, University of Arts London and a BA in Advertising and Public Relations from Universitat Rovira i Virgili. He is an alumnus of Fish Island Labs; an accelerator program for emerging artists, mentored by the Barbican Centre and The Trampery. His work has been exhibited in festivals, galleries and art spaces in the UK, Spain and across the Internet. He was also featured on an absurdist TV show in Japan (which he is very proud of).