The work features a newly fabricated soundtrack for the “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao (MGM Grand, Las Vegas, May 2, 2015). The fight footage has been visually transformed so that periodically the boxers circling each other in the ring disintegrate, their bodies dissolving into shimmering clouds of color, or merging into each other. A second video, also synced to the fight, provides glimpses into the foley production process. This video is a detailed portrait of two seasoned foley artists practicing what is becoming an increasingly rare craft in the era of digital film production.
“Three Figures in a Room” could be thought of as a kind of perceptual laboratory in which viewers are invited to explore the workings of a 21st Century media spectacle up close and undiluted. Pfeiffer not only adopts the frenetic language of today’s media-obsessed culture, but also further intensifies it to condense the media event into an even purer form.
The title “Three Figures in a Room” references a 1963 triptych by the painter Francis Bacon, whose work in turn references the history of the human figure in Western painting, and in particular all of its various incarnations, distortions, and sensory effects.