Archive for the ‘Inflato-Precedents’ Category

Interview with the Boston Society of Architects

June 16, 2010

This recent interview, published by the Boston Society of Architects, captures a glimpse into the history of inflatable structures per my brain dump…


Giving Thanks

November 27, 2009

In honor of Thanksgiving, let’s give thanks for the “often translucent and usually malleable and soft… bubbles, spheres and inflatable structures” described in my Thanksgiving reading, Thin skin:

Thanksgiving is a time to read and reflect on the things for which we are grateful.

The following are a collection of snap shots of images of inspirational pieces from the “Thin Skin” exhibit.  This exhibit sought to identify “some of the reasons behind this resurgence of the bubble [in contemporary art] and its various spin-offs…”   Carin Cuoni, the exhibit’s curator, eloquently provides the following reason:

“In our mediated environment we have developed a new spatial sensibility, tailored to in between spaces neither virtual nor real, that finds its artistic expression in installations involving bubbles, balloons or translucent cocoon-like environments.”

Thanks to Carin Kuoni and the Independent Curators International for putting togethether such an inspiring exhibit.  I highly recommend its catalog, where many of the following images appear in much higher resolution and quality accompanied by fascinating essays and critical theory.  I’ve taken the liberty of making a few of my own curatorial additions, as well.  Those are noted as such.

An amazing translucent egg found on the site "Design Considerations for Inflatable Structures". Click on this image to link to the site.

Cuschicle, by Michael Webb. I first saw this in a lecture by J. Meejin Yoon at the MIT Visual Arts Lecture Series.

Photographer Unkown. Thin Skin, p. 19

Lee Boroson, "Slurry" (2001), from Thin Skin, p. 24

Annika von Hausswolf, "Attempting to deal with Time and Space" (1997) Thin Skin, p. 38

Ernesto Neto, "Crossing over, over... over" (2001), Thin Skin, p. 46

A Flaming Lips Concert. Click to watch video.

Roman Signer, "Electric Pylon No. 53B" stills (1996), Thin Skin, p. 61

Fiona Tan "Lift" (2000) Thin Skin, p. 53