(together with Kaspar König)
Spinnaker cloth, ventilator, frame
355 x 355 x 758 cm
Inflatable objects contain high-pressure air. Wind tunnels circulate air at low pressure. How might these two object types be combined? The Inflatable Wind Tunnel (2015) is an art work with an outer structure created by the air produced by its own internal wind tunnel testing area. Conceptually, it follows the Goettingen wind tunnel type, which recirculates air from a sucking zone to a blowing zone, but the object takes the shape of an Eiffel wind tunnel, which has an enclosed testing area.
Where is the wind, when it isn’t blowing? Where does it go once it has blown by? How do high- and low-pressure wind differ? Ventilator blades divide the air in two: here, there. Pressure is exerted to expel the air, while a draft brings it back inside. Two versions of the same process: wind, wind.
Fabric guides the wind: sensitive, like a sail. A flower in the air, a flower made by air. Filament or pistil, depending on your perspective. Male and female gestures. Exhale, inhale.
Wind instruments operate by being blown; can we recreate them in reverse? Could a trombone produce sound via suction? What music might result from an enforced absence, from creating a void that causes the surrounding air to enter? Could this instrument be accompanied by a ventilator that supports the performance like a rhythm machine?
A mobile wind tunnel can pop up anywhere. A flexible wind tunnel adapts to its environment and reacts to its surroundings, constantly rediscovering its own most appropriate form. An expandable wind tunnel. An indefatigable wind tunnel, endlessly circulating and recirculating, never giving up.