Sub Lingua: Expedition / Shoemaker's Lung 2014

Iron, goat skin, fabric, compressor.

Two goat skins that are clammed between 2 iron rings are continuously inflated with a compressor. It exhales slowly, and the skins flatten. The construction is mounted on a sledge-like construction and placed on an old military tarpaulin. The construction resembles a tool that I have seen shoemakers use to glue the sole. It also resembles a lunge that breathes with great effort (and noise). Placed on the tarpaulin, I also associate it with Andrè's expedition to the North Pole in 1897. Is this the human condition: to embark on a deadly expedition where staying alive consumes us, exploration until the end? The engine of the compressor starts every 13 minutes and lasts for 2 minutes, and the noise is almost deafening. In between, the "breaths" of the sculpture makes a hissing sound, and silence.

Size: The sculpture itself is 140 cm long. The tarpauling is about 6 meters long.