RĂ©parations

2004

PAL video 11 min. 26 sec

Collection of the National Gallery of Canada

Discarded bottles found scattered about whilst out walking are resurrected into the sky of Paris. Reparations - A Re-evaluation of Waste - is an interventionist action in which used soft-drink bottles are recycled and transformed into rockets. The ballistic device is made out of a bicycle pump, making it possible to compress a mixture of air and water in the bottles. After a certain amount of vigorous pumping, and the pressure in the bottle reaches its climax, the bottle explodes and its pressurized contents escapes freely. The bottle is thus transformed into a veritable rocket and propelled into the sky.

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