Driftless explores notions of nationhood as a form of contemporary confinement, while embracing on the ocean as a public site for artistic interventions. This performative journey creates a visual narrative, which echoes recent human and non-human migratory paths and references stories of border crossing and radical seafaring.
Driftless, from the Series The Wrong Place:
2012 – 2019 (Artist Film) Felipe Castelblanco // 2012 (Performance) in collaboration with Jody Wood
In 2012 I attempted to build the smallest boat that could hold only one personâ€™s weight. As a result, I devised a way to navigate through large bodies of water using a precarious hand-made raft. This performance / film started in lake Wesserunsett in Main (North East of the USA) in 2012 and since then has traveled to places like the Pacific Coast of Colombia, Panama, Mexico, UK, Norway, Sweeden, Australia, the Philippines, and other cities in the USA.
Screenings and exhibitions include: one person show at La Bande Video, as part of the Quebec Biennial (Canada), Play Festival, Cologne (Germany); Prisma CÃ¡mara de Comercio, BogotÃ¡ (Colombia); BodÃ¸ Biennale (Norway); Mote Gallery at the Royal Academy America, New York (USA); and 67 Gallery in Soho, New York (USA).
New Artist Book (Limited Edition): Available online at Blurb.com
Project Statement :
Text originally presented at the panel Passages of Crossing, CAA conference in New York, 2017