Immersive installation and one-day event at The Franklin, Chicago, 2013. Video projection, light design and book.
“Swimming With A Kite” is a multiple video projection and interactive environment inspired by Audre Lorde's essay “Poetry is Not a Luxury,” and by the markings left by a reader on a book by Carl Jung about the transformation of the self and society. The book was found in a second-hand bookstore in Chicago. Inside the book there are intricate markings, handwritten notes and drawings. On each page an anonymous reader inscribed her/his own constellation of images and writings, unleashing meanings and tracing a territory of thoughts comparable to visual poetry and reminiscent of an illuminated manuscript.
The title “Swimming With A Kite” refers to one of Benjamin Franklin’s experiments setting a kite aloft to propel himself across a pond. In the project, the title is the metaphorical expression of books serving as vessels of knowledge and carrying the reader through life beyond the restraints of space and time.