The idea for the Balloon Project came from the specific location of Berlin Sculpture Park,
were the wall used to separate between west and east ,freedom and “capture”.
My work was done with Helium Balloons.
A still camera and a GPS was connected to two big yellow helium balloons flying over the park.
The floating camera took , every minute ,one image,from up to down ,of the park.
My interest was to catch the different paths,people left crossing the park.
The GPS record constantly the vanishing paths, the balloons left at sky.
In the park , i documented the balloon, and the handle from two aspects.
First images and videos from down to up,of the balloons flying,especially in relation to the surrounding like trees or buildings.
Second, the handle which was the end of a 35 meter long rope, in relation to different objects in the park.
The Balloons project is about personal relationship in freedom prism.
I would like to evoke questions related to the balance of freedom and “capture” in personal relationship.
Why people choose to loose their personal freedom for having personal relationship?
What people earn in relationship,which make them, give up on their own freedom?
What avoid people to fulfill their inherent freedom?
People speak about their obligations, responsibilities, engagements,which are all true,
But in a way ,they are all different kinds of barrier ,obstacles which avoid them from maximize a basic need of freedom.
The connected two balloons ,flying wherever the wind take them,are a metaphor for freedom.
Looking from above of past life paths, planing a brighten future.
The handle which was hold by different objects in the park,
played as a metaphor for different “captures” of human life, obligations which people put themselves into,
in order to preserve constant steady relationship.
The research project will go on in the Slade-UCL -London sky.
The Research Station is commissioned by SKULPTURENPARK BERLIN_ZENTRUM for their project Wunderland. The station can be found on the open ground between Seydelstr and Beuthstr
Researchers include: Esther Polak (Amsterdam) 18-22 Aug, Annika Lundgren (Gothenburg/Berlin) 17-21 Aug, Martin John Callanan (London) 24-30 Aug, Katie Paterson (London) 31 Aug - 6 Sep, Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson (Manchester/Berlin) 5-10 Sep, Simon Faithfull (Berlin/London) 11-14 Sep, Tim Knowles (London) 15-19 Sep
Research Communications Day
Findings will be presented at the Research Station at 20:00 on Sunday 20 September 2009