Panta Rei (Everything Flows)

Silvia Rigon (IT)

A stream of colors. An endless amount of trash flowing towards the viewer in perpetual motion. As time swirls entangled in the looping of the animation, a cartoonish and colorful aesthetic suspends the gaze in a contemplative fixation. One more time we find ourselves suspended in our ambivalence towards the culture of excess.

Water as a medium of communication is the movement that brings what was underneath to the surface, and carries it with it. The river is then a metaphor of passage, a course that can bridge two worlds, a transmitter. It can carry you to the other side but can’t take you back. It has often been referred to as a metaphor of time. “You cannot step into the same river twice,” said Heraclitus. In Dante’s Divina Commedia, the river Acheron provides a passage to the souls of the dead, the final route into the underworld.

Inspired by real media news events, Panta Rei is a socio-political commentary on media-induced anesthetization, but also a metaphor of the passage we are facing epochally, with water at the center of the struggle for sustainability, survival and the choices we make or don’t make.


Silvia Rigon crosses different genres and concerns ambivalences and mediated cultural constructions of nature and technology. Her work has been exhibited in The Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo, Japan; The Center for Contemporary Art, Tallinn, Estonia; The Parachute Factory (Yale University); The Center of Contemporary Art in Torun, Poland; The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena; The Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles; The California Institute of Nanotechnology, Los Angeles. Currently she is faculty at Pasadena City College in the Department of Visual Arts and Media Studies. MFA, UCLA Design Media Arts (2002).