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Black Balloons

theory through object

The object considers, defies, and explores naturally occurring forces and how they can inform form. The cement-filled black balloons are magnetized during their drying process and hung to conform to the force of gravity. Depending on the weight of the balloon and the level of magnetization, the sacks reconcile each other’s form on one side—shifting to one direction and supporting each other, and attracting each other via the polarized magnets, which become apparent only via iron fillings that fill their in-between space. This phenomenon also allows for variation in the secondary arrangement of the iron filling – which shift and pull per the objects orientation and user’s manipulation.

concurrent reading: Timothy Morton’s Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World