Audrius Bučas & Valdas Ozarinskas Black Pillow (2012)
Black Pillow is a collaborative project by two Lithuanian architects and artists Audrius Bučas & Valdas Ozarinskas. The project features one main object—a huge inflatable black pillow. Impossible to be grasped in its entirety, the black pillow leaves spectators wondering about its real size, shape, and other material qualities.
James Lomax Untitled [Me and My Friend] (2011)
In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the preserved skins of exotic animals from faraway lands were brought back to Europe by explorers. The hides would be handed over to taxidermists whose job it was to prepare them for display by stuffing the skins and giving them a life-like appearance. However, the taxidermists often just had to guess at the shape and appearance of these unfamiliar animals based on crude sketches and descriptions, resulting in grotesque physical distortions which would appear unsettling to the modern eye. James Lomax’s Untitled [Me and My Friend] disturbs and captivates me in the same way that this kind of grotesque taxidermy does. Created as a haunting tribute to a close friend who passed away in tragic circumstances, the work is comprised of two latex casts of the artist’s body. The perpetually distorted figures inflate and deflate at random intervals, giving them an unpredictable life and death cycle accompanied by the menacing mechanical scream of the inflation device. Like the distorted animal skins, James’ deflated bodies are re-animated into bizarre caricatures of their former selves, reshaped into an uncomfortable state between living and dead.
Schellekens & Peleman The Inflatable Refugee (2015)
Coinciding with the current migration crisis from East to West, Schellekens & Peleman have started work on The Inflatable Refugee. A large inflatable adult male figure that represents a seated refugee. The Inflatable Refugee gazes blankly into the distance. Has he arrived at a safe haven or will he be refused and be sent from whence he came? His sheer size allows him to look over and beyond us and keep watch on the horizon, not limited by borders or documents. It makes him inescapable, undeniably present. Do we see him as a human or as a problem? Is his presence an opportunity or a threat, devoid of human characteristics? Schellekens & Peleman proportionally enlarged the ‘Inflatable Refugee’ to match the extreme reactions his arrival in the Western world evoked. His size represents how we perceive him.
Tom Dale Department of the Interior (2014)
Department of the Interior is a 6.5m high black leatherette bouncy castle that echoes the towers and crenellations of Parliament with an absurdity that mocks its claim for authority. It is a sculpture that is simultaneously seductive and repulsive; its form and the space within no longer the preserve of inclusive childish pleasures. They speak instead of adult power games and BDSM practices that are normally played out in spaces concealed from public view. In spite of the castle’s tactile allure, visitors are strictly forbidden to enter and bounce, forcing them instead to imagine who or what might have that privilege and why.
Paweł Althamer Self Portrait (1989/2013)
This unique take on a self-portrait floats in the Zacheta Gallery in Bruges, Belgium. In 2007, a version of this work floated over a park in Milan.
Choi Jeong Hwa Breathing Flower (2012)
The piece is called “Breathing Flower,” and if you watch it move, you can see why.
Momoyo Torimitsu Somehow I Don’t Feel Comfortable (2000)
A bunny is one of the stereotyped images of cuteness: an innocent, pure, small something that should be protected. I wanted to present this cute image distorted in a way that expresses my feelings when I face my own culture. This oversized bunny I created that looks down on you doesn’t seem cute anymore – it’s kind of disturbing. Another meaning of my bunny installation has to do with what we call “rabbit hutches” in Japan, which refers to our cramped housing situation in the big cities. It was originally coined by a French diplomat who visited Tokyo in early 70’s. This expression remains in Japanese culture today. I wanted visually illustrate Japan’s repressed lifestyle with my cute but cramped creatures. — MT
Lee Boroson Deep Current (2014)
Deep Current, whose materials include inflated plastic balls, blowers, wood, pvc pipe, and fence, is a referential ode to Niagara Falls, the title of which serves as a subtle pun on the word “current,” referencing both water and electricity. What fascinates Boroson is the fact that Niagara Falls is considered a sublime example of nature’s grandeur despite it being a highly engineered and carefully controlled version of nature.
Chad Person Thirst (2010)
Laying here dying, the horse uses each gasping breath to beg for our attention. Having taken the form of a common advertising inflatable, its life-blood oozes, pooling a black slick into which it shall return. His constellation now obscured by air-pollution, and the memory of the mythic beast tarnished beyond repair; ExxonMobil’s reward is not to gift the icon an immortal legacy, but rather to usher it into a quiet oblivion.
Ralph Lichtensteiger Ginkgo (2016)
Kurt Perschke The RedBall Project (2015 – ?)
Perschke’s RedBall Project consists of a 15 ft inflated red ball wedged in different spaces in various cities around the world. The installations last 1-2 weeks, with each particular site lasting only one day. In August 2015, the giant, 250-pound red ball came loose during a rainstorm in Toledo, Ohio and started rolling down a street lined with parked cars. Watch below as minders race to catch it before it does any real damage.
Penique Productions Inflatable balloon installations (2010 – ?)
Penique productions is a Spanish collective of artists of different disciplines focused on a common project which is based on the idea of making ephemeral installations. The starting point of each project is the selection of a location, which will be the place where to build a unique and customized piece. An inflatable balloon that expands and invades the space completely by itself. The balloon grows until it fills the whole space and becomes the part of the existing architecture. The air, acting like the structure, presses against the plastic that faces the outline of the solid limiting and shaping the final form. Conquered by the inflatable, the place is transformed through the new texture, light and monochrome color.
Mark Leckey This Kolossal Kat, that Massive MOG (2016)
The artist’s giant inflatable Felix and his 2008 16mm film of the cat’s tail are showcased in the show. Felix takes on a number of roles in Leckey’s work, including as a motif for broadcasting, and as an avatar for the artist, for whom the idea of turning into a cat is something that incites both fear and desire.
Oscar Oiwa Oiwa Island 2 (2016)
Housed within an 40-foot inflatable dome inside of a former soy sauce factory, Oscar Oiwa‘s Oiwa Island 2 is an immersive drawings that takes up the entirety of the circular space. The 360-degree drawing includes natural imagery, placing visitors in a black and white world with a detailed forest containing a cabin on the shore of a beach. The drawing is fairly realistic until one reaches the water, where the patterns of the waves become increasingly abstract. The door of the cabin in this elaborate mural doubles as the actual door for the dome, creating an even more immersive effect when you enter the gigantic space.
Erwin Wurm The artist who swallowed the world (2006)
Clive Murphy Trash Bag Inflatables (2005 – ?)
This is a an ongoing series of installation works dating from 2005 which comprise of site-specific architecturally orientated inflatable constructions created from adjoined black domestic trash bags. A number of these works have been kinetic, where the air blower has had an automatic timer attached which makes the structures rise and fall on a pre-set cycle. I wanted to make inflatables that didn’t look like inflatables, but closer to monumental minimalist structures. Trash bags ended up being the perfect material as they readily accesible, both in a logistical and conceptual sense. They are modular. A trash bag is a tube with one end sealed, open that end and add another and another you have an long tubular form. They have a weirdly metallic structural look to them when inflated. The real trick was working out how to make the geometric corners, right angles, multiple joints, etc. I had to adopted the mindset of both an architect and a tailor and create the structures as 3D auto-cad computer designs, then build actual physical models, and then patterns like those of a dress-maker. — CM
Phillip Toledano Inflatable Guantanamo Bay prison cell (2008)
In 2008 when Bush and Cheney were still kicking around the White House and Phillip Toledano released his online installation, America the Giftstop. “We buy souvenirs at the end of a trip, to remind ourselves of the experience. What do we have to remind ourselves of the events of the last eight years?” Toledano said. An artist and photographer, Toledano’s satirical selection of souvenirs from the War on Terror included this life-sized inflatable Guantanamo bay bouncy prison cell.
Wang Yuyang Breathing Office (2009)
Chinese artist Wang Yuyang created an installation that is a life-size replica of an ordinary office, a ‘finance department’, complete with desktop computers, rolling chairs, telephones and other furnishings. The artwork is a piece of Wang Yuyang’s ‘breathing series’. In this case, Wang Yuyang breathes life into ordinary office objects such as garbage cans, fax machines and paper stacks, by recreating them out of silicone and animating them by installing a small motor, which inflates the objects and simulates the breathing.
Ronald van der Meijs Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (2009)
Despite the many problems in the construction of the new North / South metro line in Amsterdam, the city council said they had confidence in the technology, so the construction continues. The city, so the reasoning goes, must continue to evolve and grow. The therm ‘angioplasty’ is used as a metaphor for the underground operations and affairs of the North / South line. The spatial installation in the gallery at Waterloo underground station lies just below the “heart” of the city. The installation is a large, pulsating tube structure, in the form of an underground pipe and metaphor for the human angioplasty. to solve the blood vessel problem. The structure is made out of plastic bags – a symbol of consumerism that the economy is still increasing pumping. The installation generates a cracking sound because of the crispy plastic bags.
Michio Koshino various (1987 – ?)
One of the most intriguing items renowned clothing designer Koshino marketed under her name was the first inflatable fabric.
Corey Whyte Santa Wreath (Black, 2014)
Michael Parekowhai Jim McMurtry (2006)
Jim McMurtry is an enormous, 12 metres long and 4.5 metres wide, cartoon rabbit. Jim McMurtry lies flat on his back with one eye closed and his tongue hanging out. Viewers feel unsure as to whether he is dead or is simply taking a nap. Here, Parekowhai reminds us of the rabbit’s considerable and destructive impact on New Zealand when it was introduced in the nineteenth century. It may have similarities to a cute Walt Disney or Beatrix Potter creation but Jim McMurtry raises questions about a particular point in New Zealand’s past and more specifically about Colonialism.
AZC Saut de Seine (?)
Instead of crossing bridges by walking or by riding a car, why can’t we bounce or flip our way across instead? This is what architecture firm AZC had in mind when they submitted a proposal to build an inflatable trampoline bridge for pedestrians to cross the Seine. The structure involves three inflatable doughnut-like rings with mesh trampolines stretched across each one, allowing pedestrians to bounce their way to the other side of the river. It also provides people two options upon reaching the end of the bridge: to exit by way of a staircase or by way of a slide.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer Last Breath (2012)
Last Breath is an installation designed to store and circulate the breath of a person forever. The piece consists of a small brown paper bag which inflates and deflates automatically thanks to motorized bellows similar to those found in artificial respirators in hospitals. The apparatus hangs on a wall and is activated 10,000 times a day, the typical respiratory frequency for an adult at rest, including 158 sighs. Each stroke of the machine advances a digital counter that beeps. The breath circulates between the bellows and the paper bag through a ribbed transparent plastic tube that emits a faint and hypnotic low sound. The tube can be as large as necessary to either hang the bag right beside the piece, on the same wall, or to create a labyrinth on the ceiling of the exhibition that ends with the bag suspended in the middle of the room. The brown paper bag makes a rhythmic crushing sound as it inflates and deflates. As a biometric portrait, the piece requires careful curation, and the question of who gets stored should be in itself an interesting debate. The portrait should work as a living memorial of a senior respected artist, ideally a poet, singer or dancer. A small video of the person blowing into the bag is exhibited beside the apparatus. The first copy of the piece stores the breath of Cuban singer Omara Portuondo. The piece is currently on tour but eventually will be exhibited by the National Museum of Music in Cuba: after she dies people will be able to visit her “Last Breath” there.
Unknown Ba Di (2015)
Parents in China looking for a way to teach their children about the birds and the bees can now take them to a special sex education playground inside an enormous inflatable doll. The attraction also features a ball pit, slide and climbing area. The doll, which has green hair and pink lips and wears jeans and a white strap top, can be entered through the right heel and exited via the left. Cartoon images are displayed inside the legs to teach children about sex. The inflatable, nicknamed Ba Di, has appeared at Wanda Plaza commercial complex in eastern China’s Nanjing city.
Jim Green Whoopie Cushions (2010)
Tam Wai Ping Falling into the Mundane World (2013)
After a fantastic fall, a cockroach and round-bottomed woman have landed headfirst on the promenade.
Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann Comfort #8 (2010)
Couple and artist team Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann have been collaborating since 1990. They create large scale inflatable architecture and urban landscape installations frequently experimenting with gravity. This site-specific project, circumscribed by the architecture and tradition of Galeria Foksal, represented a sort of homage to a space that had been a center of the Polish avant-garde in the sixties and continues to function as an artist-run space to this day. Seven parallel air-filled tubes installed along the walls of the gallery traced the outline of the space and reproduced its contours. The soft and bulging textile surface of the walls and the glow of the color gold transformed the visitorâs sense of the space by distorting the dimensions and acoustics of this storied gallery.
Kirsten Pieroth Inflated Dinghy (2009)
In Kirsten Pieroth’s work a rubber dinghy is gradually inflated by an accordionist playing a harmonica.
Joshua Allen Harris Bears (2008)
On the streets of New York, Joshua Allen Harris creates inflatable animals by tying plastic shopping bags to the subway grates.
Alexsandra Mir Plane Landing (2003)
Plane Landing is an event: the production of the balloon, its travel to new destinations, the inflation, its ‘landing’ and the documentation of all these parts constitute the artwork.
p.s. Hey. ** Okay, now the blog is really back. ** H, Hi, h, two months late. The new Laura Albert doc is unfortunate because it’s much higher profile than Marjorie Strum’s far superior earlier doc and will have greater influence, at least for the time being. But oh well, I guess. The ‘sordid’ story of the blog’s disappearance is on Facebook. Hi! Love, me. ** Dóra Grőber, Hi, Dóra! What’s happened with your zine in all of that time in between? It’s so nice to see you! Ha, it would take a thousands posts to catch you up on what I’ve been doing since the last time we talked, but yesterday I worked on the blog, which is going to require a lot of behind the scenes tinkering for probably forever, and Zac and Gisele and I had a meeting about the TV show project, and, yeah, all and sundry. What was yesterday for you? Love, me. ** Tosh Berman, Hi, Tosh. I can’t believe we’re back here. ** David Ehrenstein, Mr. E! How are you, what’s been up? ** Steevee, Hey, buddy! 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I’m still kind of shocked about it. ** Jonathan, Hi, J-ster! Dalle is one of those actors who’s kind of always riveting to watch no matter how blah the vehicle, and having met her, she’s just as riveting if even more kind of scary in the real world. That ‘Response to a Request’ project looks very intriguing. I’ll have a peek when I’m done here. When do you join in there? Love, me. ** Liquoredgoat, Hi, D! You met Matt Bell, cool. What’s he like? Wonderful writer that guy, duh. Will you be working with him, do you think? If you see him again, give him a very warm shout from me. You good with the new locale, situation, school, etc.? ** _Black_Acrylic, Ben, man, hey! It’s so weird, it seems so long since I talked with you, and yet it’s like riding a bike or whatever they say. Man, I’m so sorry you’re still stuck with that brace, and in Leeds, if that locale is a total drag too. Are you able to work on stuff and see stuff and have fun at all, or you really ‘squared away’ by the brace? Of course I’m more than okay and very eager to host the ART101 Day! As soon as you want and/or it’s ready, it will be an honor and soon-to-be-not-belated joy! ** Jonathan Parker-Bryant, Hi, Jonathan! How’s it hanging? I saw that the Dodgers are in first. I’ve learned not to get too excited when they’re in first given their classic slipperiness, but, hey, you never know. What’s new and true blue with you, my friend? ** Slatted Light, Yay, David! It’s trippy to be back. Especially after a recent few weeks there where I really thought the blog and I were doomed because Google was being really hard-assed, and I was pretty sure I would end up with nothing. You know what was the game changer? It was the great Roxane Gay’s supportive piece in the NY Times. Literally the next day Google suddenly reversed course and said they were sending me the data. I think the NY Times was the bridge too far for them. Anyway, yeah, I mean, if it hadn’t been for the massive public support, I would have never heard from them. And what happened to me must happen all the time to people without any resolution. And I doubt very seriously that they’ve leaned any lesson from this, but I guess we’ll see. Oh, gosh, I’m working on a ton of projects right now. It’s crazy. Most immediately, Zac and I are prepping for our new film ‘Permanent Green Light’. We have most of the budget raised, and I think/hope we’ll get to shoot it early next year. And in September we’re making a music video for a band whom I don’t think I can identify publicly yet. And, yeah, the TV show. It would be three episodes, co-written by Zac and me, and directed by Gisele. We’ve written the scripts for two of the three episodes. The French/German TV channel Arte is currently considering it, and all signs are good, and we should know if they’ll buy it in September. If so, that’ll be a ton of work to finish writing. It would be shot in a year, I think. And I’m also writing an ‘opera’ that’ll be directed by Gisele with sets by the artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and music/singing by a very famous music artist whom I’m not allowed to name yet. That’s a very exciting project. It’ll premiere in Berlin in, I think, 2018. So, a lot. Plus, I’m always trying to find time to finish my new text novel. What’s going in your head and in your world, man? So great to see you! ** Thomas Moronic, Hi, T! You’re still ‘moronic’! Thanks, thanks, thanks. Yeah, it’s cool. I’ve missed you! I’m so happy you liked ‘LCTG’! Great! Yeah, I’m very happy with that film. Wait’ll you see our next one. I’m very excited about it, and we’ll actually have decent money to make it, unlike with ‘LCTG’, which was a real seat-of-the-pants experience. No need to see that new JT Leroy doc. Don’t bother. Your novel is almost here? Holy shit! You will let me make a ‘welcome to the world’ post for it, won’t you? Please say yes. I mean, only if you want to. Wow! I hope you had fun with M and B. ** New Juche, Hey, dude! Hooray! It’s so awesome that you found the new place. Welcome back to you, to me, and, well, to all of us. You’re off to the UK. I hope that’ll be interested, but it obviously sucks about the separation. I have a Augieras post coming up soon that I made before the blackout. And … your Genet post, yes. It was rescued and restored, and that’ll be here on this coming Thursday. Fingers very crossed about Mountainhead. Let me know what happens. Really good to see you and to be back talking again, Joe! ** Wolf, Wolfy!!!!! Right? I think when you and Marc were here things looked pretty bleak, no? I remember lots of bowed heads and weary head-shaking. Cool, glad you like the blog’s new look. No, it’s just one of the standard WordPress design options that Zac helped me refine a little. Back to the routine as of this morning, yes. You can trash Google as much as you want. They have nothing to lord over the blog or me anymore. Dude, hang out! ** Tender prey, Hi, Marc! Yep, that’ll be a whoooo-hooooo from me too! Thanks, man. It was so awesome to get to see you and the Wolfster! ** Marc Vallée, Whoa, Marc! It’s old home week condensed into a day here. Yeah, give me a shout when you’re heading to Paris, and hopefully I’ll be here so we can hang out and catch up properly. ** Chris dankland, Hey, Chris!!! Wow, this is nuts. Great nuts. Thank you for those really kind words, man. And so happy-making that you liked ‘LCTG’! Thank you so much! That’s really, really great to hear. So, here we are, and here we go again. Excited that I’ll get to talk with you like usual again. Take care, buddy. Love, me. ** Kyler, Hi, K! Yep, it’s all good. Enjoy your little vacation to the max, and talk with you soon, yes? ** Chris, Hey! Wow, Mr. Goode! Man, it was so, so, so nice to see you in London. That was total manna. I’ve been looking at this place for the past week while setting it up, and, yeah, at first the new font was weird. It filters emotionality differently, and it’s biggish, but I think it’s okay, and it’s the standard WordPress font just as the Blogger one was the fallback font there. I was shocked when Google just suddenly said, okay, fine, take your shit and get the hell out of us. Didn’t see that coming. ‘You and the Night’ … no, I didn’t see that. Huh, yeah, I’ll get that under my belt. Thank you for that. Say hi and send love to Griffyn from me. In the little bit of time while I got to meet him, he seemed really great. Congrats, man, to you both. You guys come visit me, you hear? Thank you for reminding me about your email with photos. I’m going there instantaneously. I only glanced and then got pulled away by all the shit going on. Dude, I would be thrilled beyond belief if you want to put together a Weaklings The Stage Show Day! Beyond belief, I say! 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It was super weird on my end not doing this every day and not spending part of every day making posts, let me tell you. I chewed a lot of chewing gum. ** Mieze, No way, Mieze! Aw, you are always in my heart, my friend, and I always miss you, so this is a total boon. Thank you so much, and, needless to say, when this place ever feels whirlpool-like to you, don’t fight the current. Much love back from me. ** Jose, Jose! Sweet! Hi! Thank you! ** Lynne Tillman, Dearest Lynne! So wonderful too see you here and not just on Facebook, that irksome if useful place. You finished your novel! That is the best news ever! Concentrate on the massive climax your finishing it is for us starved devotees. Giant love, fierce hug! ** PostitB(reakup), I like the new parentheses. Autocorrect doesn’t, ha ha, but fuck autocorrect. Glad it feels snazzy here. It’s kind of all right, yeah? Unfortunately nobody but me can do the restoration. 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It’s been so long since I’ve had the ability to say hi to you too. How are you? ** Empty Frame, Wowzer, Mr. Frame! Now I know this place is actually back in reality. Hi, man. Crazy great to see you! You good? Awesome that you can come to the Brighton thing. It’ll be really nice to see you! Much love from over here. ** Seandungen, Sean! Hi, man! This is great. It’s like having a high school reunion two months after graduation. Which I suddenly realize might sound like less than fun, but, for some reason, it is, and even touching, which I guess a two week-post reunion might not be. Anyway, … It’s so very nice to see you, my old friend! ** MyNeighbourJohnTurturro, Hi! The wows keep coming! I would love it if you want to spend more time around here, natch. I’ve missed you and also your always great recommendations. ** Chilly Jay Chill, Hi, Jeff! It’s pretty cool to be back, yeah, right? My mornings are spoken for again. All my current projects are semi-spelled out in my comment to Slatted Light. We’ll hear something from Arte, who are considering the TV series, in early September. I don’t want to jinx it, but we actually feel pretty hopeful. Knock on blog. ** Omar, Hi, Omar! It’s super nice to see you! What’s been up with you? I’d love to know, if you feel like it. ** George/Misanthrope, And the icing on the cake. Or the candles on the cake. Or the flame on the candles. Ha, dude, I so did not enjoy being the David to Google’s Goliath. Thanks for the awesome words, man. You, and you guys in general, are the thing, man. I’m just the artsy framing device. Or something. I’m very glad your pains are down to stray little things. And I’m so happy to see you! Love, me. ** Armando, Hi, Armando! I got rid of your address as soon as I woke up and saw it there. Weird. Thanks! Missed you too. ** Bill, Bill, hi, Bill! You’re not on Facebook, so I was just hoping you would find your way in here, and here you are! Man, how was your Europe trip? Tell me. What’s going on? I did see ‘Evolution’, yes. Mm … mixed feelings. It looks great. The mood is very curious and maintained. I think it might be a little too self-consciously obscure. Worth seeing. ** Lord_s, Holy moly, the legendary Lord_s! Thank you, sir. I’m very chuffed to see you. Tell me what’s been going on in your neck, if you feel like it, please. ** Alan, Hi, Alan! Thank you very, very much! Love, me. ** Okay. Wow, that was that. We’re caught up. Today you get the post that was supposed to launch on the day after the disablement. I hope it isn’t too dated. See you tomorrow.