( De l’Air )

Collaboration with Alfonzo Arzapalo (MX), Marie Benech (FR), Simon Bertrand (CA), Nathalie Caron (CA), Annie Conceiçao-Rivet (CA), Stéphane Dionne (CA), Marie-Ève Fortier (CA), François Georget (CA), Rawi Hage (CA), Daniel Michaud (CA), Dominique Pepin (CA), Guylaine Séguin (CA), Frédérique Ulman-Gagné (CA), Maria Eugenia Poblete (CL), Jacko Restikian (CA), Camila Vasquez (CL)

April 2008, Galerie CDEx, UQÀM, Montréal (CA)

Intervention view, exterior view of Galerie CDEx, Montréal, Canada, April 2008

(fr) Le collectif a occupé la galerie pendant deux semaines, en gonflant et pompant 12400 ballons transparents, afin de la remplir entièrement pour qu’il soit impossible d’y entrer. Le public était fortement invité à participer s’il voulait. À la fin de l’exposition, tous les ballons ont été détruits. Au coeur de ce projet était le partage du souffle et l’échange avec l’autre. Le but du collectif était de créer un non-événement, tout en remettant en question la forme conventionnelle d’autres expositions d’art actuel et la façon dont elles sont communiquées. L’enregistrement audio est la trace sonore des dernières minutes de ( De l’Air ).

(en) ( De l’Air ) was the collective act of filling a gallery with transparent balloons until it became impossible to enter. This filling process, which took place in situ, lasted for two full weeks, and ended with an explosion session during which the collective “breath” was released in 18 minutes. The physical actions of blowing and pumping air into the balloons were shared together with invited guests and passers by. By working as an open collective and by engaging the public in the work, this project was an attempt to defy the conventions of authorship. The physical remains of the project were unintentionally disposed of by cleaning staff.

Intervention view, collecting breath, Galerie CDEx, Montréal, Canada, April 2008

Intervention view, releasing the collected breath, Galerie CDEx, Montréal, Canada, April 2008

Intervention view, releasing the collected breath, Galerie CDEx, Montréal, Canada, April 2008

You can listen to the explosion like release of the collected breath (18m32s)

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