The Feast of Trimalchio


Biennale of Sydney

Biennale of Sydney
Sydney, Australia

Russian collective AES+F produce large-scale digital video installations as well as photographic and sculptural works. Since 1987, AES+F have interwoven imagery relating to modern technology, Hollywood cinema, fashion photography, advertising, death, religion, the British Royal Family, mass media, popular culture and youth obsession throughout their work. They create hybrid worlds populated by strange mythic creatures that, from seemingly Olympian heights, touch on such worldly issues as consumerism, terrorism, and the gap between rich and poor.

The Feast of Trimalchio (2009) is a nine channel animation of over 75,000 photographs. With panoramic, immersive, sumptuous colour and a loud symphonic soundtrack, it depicts a contemporary version of a famous scene from Petronius’s Satyricon. In this neo-Brechtian twenty-first-century version, an orgy of consumerism reflects on the contemporary state of both Russia and the world. The Feast of Trimalchio was presented for the first time in Australia as part of the 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010) on Cockatoo Island.


  • Title: The Feast of Trimalchio
  • Creator: AES+F
  • Date: 2009
  • Provenance: Courtesy the artists; Triumph Gallery, Moscow; and Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow Andrew Cameron Family Foundation
  • Type: Audio Visual/Installation
  • Rights: http://www.biennaleofsydney.com.au/legal-privacy/
  • External Link: Biennale of Sydney
  • Medium: nine channel video installation, 19 mins
  • Edition: 2010: 17th Biennale of Sydney: THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE – Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age
  • Collective members: Tatiana Arzamasova: born 1955 Moscow; Lev Evzovich: born 1958 Moscow; Evgeny Svyatsky: born 1957 Moscow; Vladimir Fridkes: born 1956 Moscow All artists live and work in Moscow, Russia

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