HD Video (Helium balloons)_17:13_2019
Party Balloons is a video in which the artist inhales helium while discussing helium as a resource. It is part of a developing video series titled The Eye is the Material for the Reception of the Image, which attempt to make human understanding of materials as personal and visceral as possible.
The title of the video series refers to Jean-François Lyotard’s interview with Bernard Blistène for Flash Art magazine regarding his iconic Les Immatériaux exhibition at Centre Pompidou. As a philosopher cum curator, Lyotard’s aim was to create a context where the link between scientific and artistic modes of thought was encouraged, where artists became philosophers asking, “why does something happen rather than nothing?”, and where – perhaps for the first time – the exhibition itself became an artwork. He believed that all the progress made in the arts and sciences was (mistakenly) working toward knowing objects, be they objects of thought or of matter. We now exist in the hangover of the Postmodernism with which Lyotard was engaged – one that is predicated on perpetual uncertainty. What we require today is a shift from believing knowledge to be an impossible ambition, to knowing that knowledge is a moving target.