Immersive Thrills: Understanding Safe Spaces.

Starting from Alfred Gell’s seminal article “Vogel’s Net: Traps as Artworks and Artworks as Traps” (1996), where Gell uses the image of the animal trap as a machine mediating between different life-worlds, Pedro Neves Marques invited us to go deeper on this conception.

Together with Pedro Lobo I explored the theme park as a ‘trap’ and as a foundation to understand the social construct around Safe Spaces. Is this sense of safety an illusion? Are Safe Spaces political? In Immersive Thrills, we inspected the distinct ecologies that we encounter in these passionate experiences, how can we relate them to the power relations of one’s safety, and our human necessity for it.
2 Video Installation

Project made together with:
Pedro Lobo

Special thanks go to:
Nuno Lobo (music)
Gabriela Galeano Pineda (voice)

“Due to the high air speedsand thus risk of an impact with airborne particulates or insects, all riders are required to wear safety glasses.”

2000 metres, 1 minute and 33 seconds, 240 km/h, 4.8 G

How brave are we?
Do you want to try it out?
Why do humans want to fly?