1967 Knokke-le-Zoute, Belgium
Coauthors: Jeffrey Shaw, Theo Botschuijver, Musica Elettronica Viva (sound), Tjebbe van Tijen, Sean Wellesley-Miller

Production: Eventstructure Research Group, Amsterdam, SIGMA Projects, Amsterdam

    Initiated by SIGMA Projects led by Tjebbe van Tijen, this expanded cinema performance was created for the Knokke Experimental Film Festival. In the foyer of its casino venue, three persons dressed in white overalls carried in the inflatable structure and unrolled it on the floor. As the structure gradually inflated, film, slides and liquid-light show effects were projected onto its surface. Its fully inflated shape was a cone, 7 metres in diameter and 10 metres high, with an outer transparent membrane and an inner white surface. The projected imagery first appeared faintly on the outer envelope and then fully on the semi-inflated inner surface. In the intermediate space between these two membranes performers engaged in various material actions, including playing with large white balloons and manipulating inflatable tubes that they were inside of.

    This artwork intended to transmute the conventional flat cinema projection screen into a three-dimensional kinetic and architectonic visualisation environment. The multiple projection surfaces allowed the images to materialise in many layers, and the bodies of the performers, and then of the audience—many of whom spontaneously took off all their clothes—became part of the cinematic spectacle. In this way the immersive space of cinematic fiction included the literal and interactive immersion of the viewers. They modulated the changing shapes of the pneumatic architecture, which in turn transmuted the shifting deformations of the projected imagery. With speakers placed both outside and inside the structure, the acoustic environment, created by the Musica Elettronica Viva, was also transfigured in this way.

    Exhibition Record

    1967/12/25 - 1968/01/02

    4th International Experimental Film Festival, Knokke-le-Zoute, Knokke-Heist, Belgium

    1968/03/01 - 03/28

    Structures Gonflables, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France