Project Name

Captive Ascension

  • Data

    Captive Ascension. 2018. Fireproof fabric, nylon, burner, propane gas, fire, wicker basket, counterweights/latex camera, helium gas, video and sound. Balloon: 800 x 400 cms. Installation: 22 x 50 mts.

  • Curator

    Itzel Vargas

  • Venue

    Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City.

Project Details

Captive Ascension makes direct reference to the history of aeronautics and the building that houses the Museo Universitario del Chopo whose structure was initially built to present the Industrial and Commercial Exhibition of Düsseldorf, Germany in 1902 and then was transported to Mexico City.

At the beginning of the 19th Century, the Universal Exhibitions showed the technological and industrial advances, frequently offering ascensions of captive balloons, which were part of the collective spell provided by the avant-garde.
For Captive Ascension, I removed the balloon from the landscape to elevate it inside a building whose aesthetic represents modernist optimism and its celebration for the potentialities of technology revealing an act of anachronism.
The balloon was built on site, in a sewing workshop that was installed in the museum gallery. The day of the opening, for an only day, the balloon ascents were made filling it of air and heating it with fire. The following day, a chamber was placed inside the balloon shape and filled with helium.
The balloon remained captive, floating in the middle of the room, until the closing of the exhibition. The project integrates a series of data and anecdotes that connect with the history of aeronautics in Mexico and the building that houses the Museum.


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