Saturday, November 14, 2009


HOT AIR shot from the Timisoara Opera House

radio interview on "Detroit Today" on 11-11-09

I was interviewed on the local NPR radio station a couple of days ago about HOT AIR. It has been a bit of a re-entry whirlwind, but I was quite happy to get the work noticed a bit more, so I did it. The show, "Detroit Today" on local NPR was looking back to the fall of the Berlin wall and the end of communism thoughout eastern Europe that followed. (I am about three-quarters of the way through the "tape")

I am about to write an essay on the project. I have been preparing it in my mind for quite a while now, but yesterday I had to make some decisions about the course that this story will now take because I am writing an explanatory press release for design publications. I don't often think of publicity as a good thing, but in the course of having to jump into the press to talk about my work, I have had to draw conclusions about the project which have forced me to be focused again on what I was trying to achieve. And here's the thing, for a while now I've been less open or forthcoming about the work. This didn't happen out of malice but rather out of inexperience... and I'm not sure it could have happened any other way... but I have been guarded about my thoughts and intentions with the work because of my inability to predict the resulting outcomes. Would I still be allowed to go to Romania? Would Timisoara still embrace, support, and promote the work? Would there be sympathy from the public? In the end, and in retrospect, it seems likely that none of my fears would have materialized and, in fact, that much of the paranoia went the way of the communist regime. So, seemingly I could have said a bit more... and soon I will.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

moving air

Videos! You can see how the head feels and looks with people inside. This was from Wednesday night and we had many visitors. The shadow projections were great even for us as we had never tested the piece at night.

blue from HOT AIR 2009 - Anca T on Vimeo.

This second video, from Wednesday morning, shows the rocking motion of the piece in the low winds. The head really feels like it's waking up from a long sleep. There's a jackhammer in the background which coincides with some of the movement and we thought sounded like snoring. On this day and the day before we learned a lot about how to manage the movement due to wind, so now we have it down, but we did incur one tear in the bottom.Now I'm thinking of using this movement in the conception of another piece... hmmmmmm... kinetic inflatables.

waking up in eastern europe from HOT AIR 2009 - Anca T on Vimeo.

This last viedo is a time lapse animation of the head as it was illuminated last night. We asked our lighting guys here (Bogdi and Alex!) to use two different lights and to keep them moving as an experiment. The music scoring was obviously added later. We chose this song simply because we thought the beat went and it made us smile, but now that I think about it, this song has some capitalist warnings, no?

chromocranium from HOT AIR 2009 - Anca T on Vimeo.

Images from Wednesday, NOV 4 PART I (daytime)

Hi everyone! This is Le, pretending to be Anca. Yesterday was a very exciting day for us. The weather was a bit dreary in the morning, but contrary to's predictions, the skies cleared and wind speeds were perfect, allowing us to inflate.  We had a lot of people stop by to ask us questions, to go inside the head, and to tell us their stories.  It was really great.  We even had a visit from the mayor and a group of government officials including a US senator.

Also, Hot Air is now on Flickr!  Visit to view more pictures of our trip.

government officials inside the head

Alex and Bogdan, guys who have been helping us out, everyday

view from inside out

view from outside in

excited children going inside the head

images from Wednesday NOV 4 PART II (Nightime)

Here some images from our installation last night.... more to come if our connection holds out from outside where we are sitting. enjoy and write to us and tell us what you think!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

i forgot to mention the graffiti

There will be some prominent graffiti artists in Piata Victoriei today and tomorrow. Because much of the art of the revolution was graffiti and much of it was lost in the months and years that followed, the idea is that the artists are using that mode of expression to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the revolution.

cool. I will develop my tag tonight...

International media frenzy

Unfortunately the winds today were too high to install, so are waiting until tomorrow when there is better weather predicted. 
I did get to participate in a press conference where the mayor of Timisoara, Gheorghe Ciuhandu, introduced our project, and then I presented it in a bit more depth (in english, whew!) Of course, I forgot to say some things that were important to me, but mostly I think it went well. Afterward, I was interviewed by the national Romanian media (Ava stood beside me the whole time) and am wondering if I'll see myself on the news tonight... autographs later.

Here are some of the women who work at the city hall. Lavinia, the one on the left is the one who helped me extensively. She was a real champion for the project in Romania, finding sponsors and publicizing the whole event. She also served as my translator and has helped create and distribute schedules. She has been a real treasure throughout the process. Thank you, Lavinia.