2.5 minute film, 2013
Sail Away is a stop-frame film of the installation, Sail Away sited in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, 2013. Featuring hundreds of small boats made from old paper money, tickets and maps Sail Away considers connections through travel, trade, mapping and personal and social histories. Exploring the idea of 'six degrees of separation', the materials used represent the unknown links we have with the past and each other. Boats are often symbolic of the transition from the material to the spiritual world, acting as carriers for our dreams and vessels for our adventures.
Sail Away invited the public to participate by making their own boat and adding it to the flotilla. This film records the process of interaction and change over two days when people added their boats to the original flotilla and ends with the dismantling of the piece. The flotilla grew from 300 to almost 800 boats and thousands of people walked, ran, played and sat amongst the boats. Though small and fragile, the boats were not damaged and people responded respectfully and with careful exuberance.
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