In-Flight flights of fancy

by Kate C
Publish date
30 November 2011
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Seated around an enormous pile of industrial offcuts and repurposed bits and pieces, MV staff launched themselves In-Flight last Friday in a special after-hours aeroplane construction session.

Staff seated around table, making planes. Staff working on their planes. Completed planes are suspended above them.
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria

In-Flight is one of three parts of Another Country, a project at the Immigration Museum by Filipino-born, Brisbane-based artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, that comprises displays, workshops and art installations. The series examines what it's like to leave your country and make a new home elsewhere.

"We make art-making as fun as possible. In-Flight asks people to create their own little aeroplanes. Of course, when you talk about aeroplanes it's about going from point A to point B. But at the same time there are a lot of other things that go into it – it becomes an object of memory, it could also become an object of fear. So one way to demystify this object is for us to get people to come and make their own little aeroplanes."

"It's good to have non-artists create things. If you get them involved not just as a passive observer but as an active participant, then that's the best way to get interested in art."

-Alfredo Aquilizan, interviewed on 3RRR FM


Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan Artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan who created In-Flight as part of their Another Country series.
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria

It's rare for grown-ups to have a chance to play like this, especially at work. Recycled rubber bands, icy pole sticks, bits of plastic and cardboard tubes became wonderful model aircraft to join the installation of planes suspended above the work table. Some staff rejected any pretence of aerodynamic qualities while others painstakingly replicated real aeroplanes, complete with engines, landing gear and propellers.

MV staff and the planes they made at In-Flight MV staff with the planes they made for In-Flight.
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria

You can make a plane, to take home or to join the In-Flight installation, at the Immigration Museum until 31 January 2012.


MV Staff In-Flight flickr set

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PW 1 December, 2011 08:54
Looks like FUN! can't wait to see that cloud of planes, rockets and flying machines grow
Lucy 1 December, 2011 09:29
How wonderful! I love these staff photos so much. What a great concept.
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