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False Starts and Close Calls

To contend against the air, one must be specifically heavier than the air. All that is not absurd is possible. All that is possible may be accomplished.
– M. Nadar, on human flight, 1863.

Just as mythologies of the stars were created to open up the unexplainable, there should be room in art for different approaches to opening. Like flying, art is a leap of faith, a denial of disbelief, an opening of possibility. From flying machines and hot air balloons to kites and jets, if you are lucky or skilled enough to manage to become airborne, you stand to gain a view of the world from a whole new perspective. But this vantage point from above is not necessarily an entirely optimistic one. As soon as the Wright brothers took their first successful flight in 1903, modern warfare gained a whole new dimension of bombing and surveillance. Of course, our obsession with flight predates the Wright brothers, whether mechanical or imaginary, perhaps partly because flight is a metaphor for journey. And the container for this journey is air.

False Starts and Close Calls, a failed journey of sorts, is also about an attempt to make sense out of the puzzle of the world around us. The Sky Is Falling be both the moment before take-off and the instant after a fall, still and in motion. cruel and comedic.