tom hackett: sculpture 

life support

Thirty constructed butyl rubber air sacs were installed in an arterial exhibition space at Edinburgh College of art. Each sac had a separate volunteer air donor from the College community who maintained its air pressure through blowing into an inflation tube.

Notions of mass collective caring and an evident societal need for demonstrable interpersonal dependence, are explored through the hospital ward imagery which drew upon the emergence of mass flower shrines after the death of Diana Princess of Wales.

Each donor recorded their inflations and top ups on a quasi medical chart. Intermittent pink and blue light sources were installed along the chamber to create an implication of underlying viscerality. Curated by Diane Henderson.