In the Conversation Bubble piece, at any given moment of time five people are needed in order for the structure to inflate. While the bodies of participants are stuck in between two layers of clear vinyl, their heads share the same air inside the inflated bubble. The duration of the piece depends on the five people’s “agreement” to end it, as no one can leave on his/her own accord. Within the discourse of fragility, the Conversation Bubble points towards a delicate relation between the object and its mode of presentation. Without people’s participation the piece “doesn’t exist” and is not easily classified to a specific category of artistic production.
In my art practice the functionality of an object is less important than the process I am subjecting it to, creating various tensions between the two. In the Ice Domes project that involved using an inflatable form to create a temporary ice shelter on frozen Lachine Canal, water pumped directly from the canal underneath, was used as a material for the build-up of ice. Once created, the “objects” melted away without a trace. In this work the material and process precariousness opposed the architectural expectations of stability. By referencing the nomadic dwellings, the piece wanted to bring forward the notions of impermanence and fragility.