Price: Free (booking required)
Online from 17 October – 29 November
Cherophobia is a 48-hour durational living installation by Noëmi Lakmaier. It is an attempt to lift the artist’s bound and immobilised body off the ground using 20,000 helium party balloons. It is a performance and a gathering, intertwining people in their shared suspense and anticipation. For LADA Screens we are showing a 48 minute artist film which has been edited from the live stream of the event. Following the screening there will be a discussion with Noëmi.
The film, edited by Sophie Mallett from the live stream footage, is a considered meditation on duration and space. Covering the entire 48 hours of the live performance, it captures the industrious pace of inflating 20,000 balloons, the careful rope work to bound and suspend the body, the eventual moment of lift off and the slow passage of time until the end of the live performance.
The film is accompanied by a specially commissioned publication by writer Mary Paterson, exploring the proposition presented by the incredible task of suspending a body from helium balloons, the relationship between the performer and the space, the object and the viewer, the possible and the impossible. The publication is designed by Hannah Ellis, with photos by Grace Gelder and pinhole images by Tina Rowe.
Photo credit Tina Rowe.