The Cloud: white balloons suspended in the sky over the United States/Mexico border wall
New York-based Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar's project for inSITE2000 was designed as an ephemeral monument in memory of the migrants who had died during the previous ten years while trying to cross the border between Mexico and the US. Entitled La nube/The Cloud the piece centered around the ceremonial release of over one thousand white balloons. With the balloons tethered together as a large cloud positioned immediately above the border fence at Valle del Matador/Goat Canyon, not far from Playas de Tijuana, the work took the form of a ceremony that included the performance of classical pieces by Albinoni, Bach and Veracini, the reading of a poem by Tijuana poet Victor Hugo Limon, and a minute of silence. The balloons were then released from the cluster and drifted off one by one across the sky as symbols of the souls of the dead migrants. --inSITE2000
- Creation Date
- October 14, 2000
- Location Of Originals
This video file was extracted from a DVD-R from the InSite Archive (MSS 707, Box 256, DVD 00-08)
Tijuana, Playas de, Baja California Norte, Mexico
Valle del Matador/Goat Canyon
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Digital video (16 minutes, 54 seconds)
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Performing Arts (including Performance Art)
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[Title, Date]. InSite Archive. MSS 707. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.
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