Ulf Rollof

(Sweden, 1961)

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Originally created for inSITE92 by San Diego artist Michael Schnorr and Swedish artist Ulf Rollof, Abandonado IIwas substantially expanded and renovated for inSITE94. The project was from the beginning born of the particular circumstances that describe its location. Situated on an empty lot across the street from the Pacific Ocean at Playas de Tijuana, the installation was intended to serve the numerous abandoned children who live along the border in the beach area. The installation consisted of several pieces constructed from brick and concrete, among them two pieces of fire-heated outdoor furniture, the “Fire Sofa” and “Fire Chair.” It also included a shell-like echo chamber titled Habla/Head - Cabeza/Speak and a circle of brick school desks titled “The Bricklayers’ Class.” The installation became a gathering place for locals and a playground for children.

Organizer: Installation Gallery
Venue: Playas de Tijuana

Ulf Rollof, Abandonado II, 1994 (interview).
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Duration: 3:14 min

Titled 23 September 1994 after the opening date of the entire inSITE94 exhibition, Ulf Rollof’s installation consisted of a circular railroad situated at the defunct border rail-crossing site in Colonia Libertad in Tijuana. Just yards from the border fence, one could take a ride on this circular track where a single wagon with five fir trees planted in empty oil drums went around in endless circles to a dizzying effect. However, rather than being transported around on the track itself there was just a single seat at the hub of the circle and the view from the seat was directed straight at the fir trees, so that although movement occurred, the outlook one had remained the same.

Curator: Carmen Cuenca
Organizer: El Sótano
Venue: Estación del Ferrocarril, Colonia Libertad, Tijuana

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The project was from the beginning born of the particular circumstances that describe its location. Situated on an empty lot across the street from the Pacific Ocean at Playas de Tijuana, the installation was intended to serve the numerous abandoned children who live along the border in the beach area.

Venue: Playas de Tijuana