Allora & Calzadilla
Signs Facing the Sky is a fictitious depiction of the city as an aerial landscape. Allora and Calzadilla conducted a series of informal interviews with people living, working, and frequenting buildings located beneath the landing flight path to San Diego’s Lindbergh International Airport , in which they asked them to reveal their hidden dreams and desires. They then combined footage of downtown San Diego, which was recorded from a birds-eye perspective to mirror the view of the city as it is seen from incoming airplanes, with motion-tracking animation. The result is an aerial view of the city in which illuminated rooftop signs depict the wishes and secrets of San Diego’s inhabitants.
Through a collage of appropriated texts, Allora and Calzadilla have created a cinematic discourse about the city in which the voices of San Diego’s residents intersect and overlap. This fictive space in which the city’s inhabitants become active agents in the construction of the polis, inscribing their personal narratives of fear, hope, and desire on its architectural fabric, maps a “subjective” experience of the city. By creating a relationship between urban space and the desires of its populace, Allora and Calzadilla suggest the possibility that the city is constructed through the collective fantasies of its inhabitants.
Signs Facing the Sky was projected in the open-air patio of the Airport Lounge in San Diego for the duration of the public phase of inSite_05. The patio stood directly under the flight path and in close proximity to the San Diego International Airport. The sight of planes passing overhead during the projection created a discursive parallel between reality and fiction.
Curators: Osvaldo Sánchez and Donna Conwell
Venue: Airport Lounge, San Diego
Corporate Helicopters of San Diego
The Airport Bar, San Diego
The United States Embassy in Mexico City
People who live, work, or frequent buildings along the flight path into San Diego International Airport
Footage: Ken Jacques
Editor: Carlos Díaz
Márgara de León