Around the World in 80 Airports Video Interview

Around the World in 80 Airports Interview between Ross Rudesch Harley and Gillian Fuller, 20 minutes colour streaming digital video, ISEA Re/mote, San Jose, 2006.

Around the World in 80 Airports
Video Sketches for ISEA Remote
12 August, 2006

Imagine you got on a plane, and you didn’t top. Just flew from one city to the next, without ever really touching the ground. A journey around the world, where you never leave the realm of the airport.

This project is a modification and a response to the conceptual artists of the 1970s, who responded to the nature and experience through the creation of conceptual works that explored the relation between time, space, distance, geography, measurement and experience. To modify Richard Long’s explanation of his well-known nature walks, ATWI80A is a “formal and media-filtered description of the non-space and experience of the global spaces of airports and its most elemental materials”.

These “airport walks” gathered over a period of 5 years, are at once documentations, deconstruction and interventions in the environment of airports. Referring back to the 19th century dream of circumnavigating the globe in just 80 hours (popularised by Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days”), this project exchanges time for space. The 80 airports visited create a personal map of the world, that turns out to be shared by many millions of other travelers who find themselves tracing similar routes in the course of their daily life.

You can also find a short promotional post about the project here.