About the Artwork

In Untitled Ceiling Projection (2018), a woman smashes colourful lightbulbs. Filmed from beneath a clear table, the smashed bulbs become a kaleidoscope of colour. The title as well as the placement above the viewer’s head allude to the idea of smashing the proverbial glass ceiling, while the Edison bulbs represent an antiquated invention—once a scientific breakthrough, but that is now becoming obsolete as more energy efficient options become available.

Year: 2018

Untitled Ceiling Projection is on display July, September, November 2023, January, March and May 2024.

Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: © Nick Turpin


Single-channel video installation, sound, colour; 6:07 min. Ed. 3/5 + 1 AP



Artist Biography

Mika Rottenberg

Argentina-born, New York-based artist Mika Rottenberg is devoted to a rigorous practice that combines film, architectural installation, and sculpture to explore ideas of labor and the production of value in our contemporary hyper-capitalist world. Using traditions of both cinema and sculpture, she seeks out locations around the world where specific systems of production and commerce are in place. Through the editing process, and with footage from sets built in her studio, Rottenberg connects seemingly disparate places and things to create elaborate and subversive visual narratives. By weaving fact and fiction together, she highlights the inherent beauty and absurdity of our contemporary existence.