Crossing the border

Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, April 2010

3min documentary video with rubber band on the plinth

I found myself at Schiphol airport in Holland at final security check before boarding a plane when I became interested in a small gap between the top of a glass wall and the ceiling; a design feature that visually and physically determines the space beyond as forbidden, unless undergoing a rigorous systematic inspection.  Thinking about the aspects of border control, I returned to the security checkpoint and repeated the childlike gesture of aiming an ordinary rubber band with my fingers firing it at the gap between the glass and the ceiling. Without attracting the attention of the border guards, the bands that landed on the other side testified to a quiet transgression; a breaking of the border.



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Flax Art Studios
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Belfast, BT7 1EB, Northern Ireland, UK

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