FRONTIERS, METHODS OF ESCAPE
The “fugitive” citizens who sought to escape the totalitarian regime devised and manufactured, creatively and peculiarly, various artifacts, which in theory would allow them to cross the “highly guarded” border. These artifacts did not always meet the necessary physical and mechanical characteristics because in most cases “scientific” calculations failed. These “amateur inventors” used for their purposes various recycled materials manufactured or adapted by themselves; inspiration also peculiar, came from books, newspapers, and even pictorial atlases.
Various testimonies narrate the daring gadgets that people used to circumvent the borders, making for example machines that moved through the heights hung on the high voltage wires from which they took energy to power their movement; hot-air balloons were also built to cross through the air. Other people just as daring, made their own wings to fly or diving suits to cross through the water. This project reviews these past events to reconstruct them in the light of the present. The perception of time in the present epoch is strongly influenced by the constant development of advanced capitalism and by technology, one of its basic tools. Technology shortens time, consumes it, and accelerates the pace of our attention. In hyper-acceleration, capitalism constantly “shoots” “new” products and downplays the old.
The same logic of the “latest” as the only valuable thing applies to any other area of contemporary life. Also, the problems that torment our societies are often seen as unprecedented events, simple chapters within linear history. In this light, any artistic review of a specific point in the past may seem “irrelevant” and “out-side the current approach”, I deny such a point of view and consider it limited and shallow, as it leaves behind several essential aspects for historical and artistic understanding.