hale tenger: balloons on the sea
 
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apr 10, 2011

hale tenger: balloons on the sea

hale tenger: balloons on the sea green art gallery, dubai, UAE on now through april 28

‘balloons on the sea’ installation by hale tenger, on exhibition at the green art gallery

‘balloons on the sea’, a video installation by turkish artist hale tenger, creates a technologically mediated space in which a popular turkish pastime can be experienced in both its meditative and anticipatory aspects.

along the rivers and coastlines of turkey, a common game is to lay out a string of colourful ballons in the water and attempt to shoot them from the shore. drawn to the visual impact of the bobbing balloons, tenger structured an immersive space in which the visitor is first confronted with a large screen on which filmed footage depicts the intact string of balloons floating along the ocean. crossing behind this display, however, the viewer finds a series of smaller projections installed at a range of angles, each of which focuses on an individual balloon. at random, a balloon will pop, only to reappear whole later on, waiting to be again blown up and reemerge in an endless cycle. as in the turkish pastime itself, a tension is created by the knowledge that a balloon will pop, without any way to predict which it will be.

the environment permits viewers to move back and forth between the gentle flow of the full string of balloons and the expectant tension of the layered screens that lie both physically and conceptually ‘behind’ it. the effect ‘leaves the viewer in two worlds: while one charmingly invites to indulge oneself in the joyful reverberations of the gently floating balloons, the other, almost as soft as a whisper, brings the spectral side of their existence into focus.‘

video footage of the installation

the first screen that viewers encounter presents video of the intact string of balloons

moving behind the divide, visitors are confronted with projections of individual balloons

the space is open, inviting visitors to move back and forth between the viewing experiences

full view of the six channels depicting individual balloons

the balloons pop and reemerge at random

video still of an individual balloon, intact (left) and popping (right)

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