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On July 12, 1981, the Colectivo Acciones de Arte (Art Actions Collective), or CADA, arranged to have six airplanes flown in military formation over Santiago, Chile. As the aircraft crossed the sky, CADA members tossed out bundles of leaflets that proclaimed: “The work of expanding the conditions of everyday life is the only valid staging of art.” Video was shot from one of the planes, while more than one hundred other artists took photographs and captured video footage from points throughout Santiago. Collaged together into this lyrical yet chilling video, the work reminded Chileans of the aerial bombing of the presidential palace in the coup d’état that overthrew the democratically elected socialist Salvador Allende in 1973.

Gallery label from Signals: How Video Transformed the World, March 5–July 8, 2023
Medium
Standard-definition video (black and white and color, sound)
Duration
12 min.
Credit
Gift of the artists
Object number
476.1982
Copyright
© 2024 CADA (Colectivo Acciones de Arte)
Department
Media and Performance

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