500 inflatable dolls, sound and text, visitors’ air
BLO 500 - Or How to Shape Undisclosed Identities is an interactive performative installation that questions the relationship between the individual and the social category.
What makes a person be part of a certain social mechanism? Is it the individual that determines the perception of a social category? Or perhaps it is the collective identity aggregation that attracts an individual to be part of it.
What is the role of a single person in a contemporary context where the perception on category is a principle of statistics that denies the basic necessity to perceive the individual as a human and not as a number.
The installation consists in a series of inflatable identical people that are inflated by the artist, while all the visitors are invited to participate in this ritual of giving shape of a person, by enveloping the plastic doll by mouth, therefore letting inside the doll the artist’s or the visitors’ own air. Thereby, even though the dolls have all the same color and shape, by letting the visitors to inflate them, they all acquire a hidden identity inside them, by preserving a distinct air breathed by each person that takes part at this action.