Duncan, Ivan and Greg installing
I spent yesterday at Open Satellite trying to help British artists Ivan and Heather Morison install their enormous kite prototype. Selected by Eric Fredericksen, they've been doing a residency that has involved extensive research at the Drachen Foundation whose international goal is to increase knowledge about kites.
The Black Cloud (2009)
Heather and Ivan have been working with experts to develop a series of both small and large prototypes kite that they will realize once they return home. For their installation at Open Satellite, the artists have been milling and charring lumber to build a massive kite model/structure that extends the length of the entire space.
It's going to be beautiful. But until it's finished, it's really messy. I don't think I've ever been more dirty. For some reason, the charcoal dust seems to accumulate around the eyes (maybe from rubbing them?) so by the end of the day, as Yoko Ott said, "Everyone looks like raccoons."