Three man in a room looking at objects on the floor.A series of objects on the floor of a gallery.

James Charlton -Artist
Bill Thomson – Technical Collaborator


1 Month

Time Frame

Gallery Hours
Key Locations
ArtSpace Sydney, Australia
Studio Ponsonby, Auckland
iPhone – street Auckland and Sydney

3 mac mini driving custom build PCBs, 1 Mac G4 Laptop, 1 mac mini network control, data show, custom built muscle wire valve actuators, custom built generators, MAX MSP, Processing.

TradeAir establishes a real time link between gallery visitors and the artist in his Auckland studio allowing for the collaborative inflation of rubber forms located in situ at Artspace. The work extends concepts surrounding recent projects by Charlton in which form is proposed as a time-based medium contingent upon viewer interaction.

These inflatable forms, constructed from recycled truck inner tubes that hold an approximate tidal volume of the human lung, are inflated when a gallery visitor blows into an exhalant device. Gradually, over the duration of the exhibition, the form of the work changes from being a slouched pile of rubber to a freestanding form. Viewers literally breathe shape into these forms and in doing so engage with a visual arts practice in which the construction of form is born of the cumulative participatory dynamic between audience and artist.