Inflatable Architecture Intervention is the most recent development for a live performance and installation by Chico MacMurtrie / ARW. During the Inflatable Architecture Intervention performance, compressed air enters the artist's specifically designed bodysuit via a hose, his gestures are bringing to life these tubes as extensions of his own life force. The fabric begins to swell and inflate, accompanied by the syncopated respiration of the air valves. As the mass grows, a lattice of interlocking tubes starts to take shape. The expanding geometric structure interacts with the human body in a confrontational pas de deux choreography - each tube being capable of behaving like muscle and bone - and pushes the body of the artist around. Finally, all of the tubes reach their fully taut state and Inflatable Architecture Intervention resembles an airy, organically-inflected geometric structure. At the end of the performance, the artist frees himself, tube by tube, and exits the room, leaving Inflatable Architecture Intervention behind.
This video was produced by Video Pool Media Arts Center, Aaron Zhegers, Winnipeg, Canada 2012.