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Pneutube

1968 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Coauthor: Theo Botschuijver, Sean Wellesley-Miller

Production: Eventstructure Research Group, Amsterdam

The Eventstructure Research Group experimented with inflatable tubes of various lengths and diameters because of their simplicity, structural integrity and versatility. Polythene tubing, which the industry manufactured in rolls, could immediately be inflated to create dynamic interactive event structures, such as, for example, Supertube and Waterquake. Larger, more robust tubes like the Pneutube and the Waterwalk Tube were custom-made from welded PVC sheeting, and were wide enough for people to go inside of.

The Pneutube was approximately 300 cm in diameter and 3000 cm long, and it was installed in numerous venues, first in Amsterdam at Sigma Projects’ Six Events in Amsterdam and then at other paces where it assumed different functions and forms such as an expanded cinema installation, a performance environment, a play space, and an architectural corridor.

Exhibition Record

1968:  Liesbeth List Show, Hilversum, Netherlands

1968/11/16 - 1969/1/6:  Environments, Rijksuniversiteit, Utrecht, Netherlands

1969/2/12 - 3/16:  Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England

1969/6/28 - 8/25:  Kinetic Object Show, Franz-Hals-Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands

1969/9/17:  Six Events in Amsterdam, Frederiks plein, Amsterdam, Netherlands