Contemporary Art in the Americas Arte Contemporáneo en las Américas

Float in a Dark Tank

Keith Boadwee, James Krone & Morgan Mandalay

Yautepec Mexico City, México 11/17/2016 – 01/14/2017
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Installation View, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City. Courtesy of the artists and Yautepec, Mexico City. Photo by PJ Rountree.

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Installation View, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City. Courtesy of the artists and Yautepec, Mexico City. Photo by PJ Rountree.

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Morgan Mandalay, Portrait of a Painting as Self-Portrait, 2016. Oil and spray paint on canvas. 96.5 x 71 cm. Courtesy of the artists and Yautepec, Mexico City. Photo by PJ Rountree.

Don’t ask questions, just try this!
I’ve never been a fan of enclosed spaces, silence, or the dark for that matter.
Inside this chamber, you become the sound.
You can hear your heart beating and lungs
pumping.
My stomach is gurgling louder now.
I’m a nervous nelly with A ZILLION questions
(will I feel claustrophobic? will I be weirded out
by what it is? what if I freak out and want to
get out?)
and I just relaxed and had an amazing time
and left feeling…weightless.

The first couple minutes my mind was abuzz
with random thoughts
but as I focused on my breathing, I became
increasingly relaxed.

Like I’d just gotten a massage.
Like I’d just meditated.
Like I’d just slept for a day.

And this is a very disorienting experience.
How did I end up naked in a stranger’s apartmentmentmentment?

To float in a dark space can be a leap of faith.
As your eyes adjust you see things.
Maybe they aren’t even there. You don’t have
any cues. Any clues.
You take away the perceptual cues that allow you to balance
and manoeuvre. It’s our go to escape fantasy.

http://yau.com.mx/

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Installation View, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City. Courtesy of the artists and Yautepec, Mexico City. Photo by PJ Rountree.

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Installation View, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City. Courtesy of the artists and Yautepec, Mexico City. Photo by PJ Rountree.

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Morgan Mandalay, Portrait of a Painting as Self-Portrait, 2016. Oil and spray paint on canvas. 96.5 x 71 cm. Courtesy of the artists and Yautepec, Mexico City. Photo by PJ Rountree.

No hagas preguntas, ¡sólo intenta esto!
Nunca he sido fanático de los espacios cerrados, el silencio, ni la oscuridad, la verdad.
Dentro de este compartimiento, tú te conviertes en el sonido.
Puedes oír tu corazón latiendo y tus pulmones
bombeando.
Ahora mi estómago ruge más fuerte.
Soy un manojo de nervios con CHORROCIENTOS de preguntas
(¿sentiré claustrofobia? ¿me sacaré de onda por lo que es? ¿Y qué si pierdo el control y quiero salir?)
Y sólo me relajé y pasé un rato increíble.
Y salí sintiéndome… ligero.

En los primeros minutos, mi mente hervía con
ideas aleatorias
pero me enfoqué en mi respiración y empecé a sentir
cada vez más tranquilidad.

Como si me acabaran de dar un masaje.
Como si apenas terminara de meditar.
Como si apenas despertara después de dormir un día.

Y esta es una experiencia muy desconcertante.
¿Cómo terminé desnudo en el departamentomentomentomento de un desconocido?

Flotar en un tanque oscuro puede ser un salto de fe.
Mientras se ajustan tus ojos, ves cosas.
Tal vez ni estén ahí. No tienes
ni una pista. Ni una pista.
Eliminas las señales de percepción que permiten balancearte
y maniobrar. Es nuestra fantasía de escape de siempre.

http://yau.com.mx/

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