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Could a balloon keep you safe?

A project by Indian artist Shilpa Gupta called "I Want To Live With No Fear" uses balloons as a powerful messaging tool. But could her project also be a launching point to think about analog methods to empower women moving from one destination to another. A tracking system, in a way. To have a thing that you take from one place to another that says "i have left" or "i have arrived safely here"; a marker that says you are cared for, you will be looked for, it will be noticed. Seeing these balloons circulate around the city, accompanying people on errands, seeing them attached to backs of bikes, or tied up outside buildings--they acted as beacons. They were effective.

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More about this and Gupta's other projects can be seen here  http://rhizome.org/editorial/2012/jun/20/interview-shilpa-gupta/

 

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