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UN-DISTANT FLIGHTS

Now, as a body free to fall must descend fifteen feet in one second,
whether in horizontal motion or not, it appears clear to me
that there must be some counteracting effect to prevent this fall.

F. H. Wenham, 1866

The idea of Un-distant Flights is closely connected to physicality of a human body and its imaginary abilities. My piece was inspired by the wonderment of the desire to fly. Why there is such a drive in us? What is the flight for humans? Is it more of an advanced function which can allow us to move faster and observe more from a higher altitude? Is it just a state of mind aware of this dazzling possibility? Is it a need to escape an everyday reality of confined space?

For nearly a thousand years, most of the earliest attempts to fly recorded in history throughout the world had been marked with failures and fatalities. However, it only sparked new minds to keep experimenting. Nowadays, one of the longest dreams of humanity found its realization and lost, not surprisingly, its avant-garde spirit and the flight as a bodily experience became completely removed from contemporary air travel.

The three-dimensional part of my piece is a model of a bizarre flying machine. The design of this model resulted from my research of pre-Wright Brothers aviation history. I am fascinated by aircraft pioneers’ systematic attempts to achieve the impossible. Looking through dozens of old models, fundamentally unworkable and those able to execute a short flight, I contemplated on how they captured a dream in its pathos and absurdity. Those machines were built as true organs and limbs which a human body would need for flying. Strangely, the process of aircraft development caused me to think of my own childhood dreams.

In my first flying dreams I was going through the same challenge as the inventors of an aircraft: how to get of the ground. To resolve it, I constructed a device out of our household objects. A device turned out very clunky and was only able to lift me up to the ceiling for a brief moment. I had been rebuilding it many times trying to fly more and more efficiently in my dreams. After going through many attempts I developed the ability to get off the ground with no help of an external device. I invented a breathing technique which was crucial for the liftoff and acceleration.

My piece brings the idea of flight to the level of an individual being. By reenacting the history, one lets a dream to enter familiar everyday surroundings and transform into something personal. The dawn of aviation along with the whole mythology of the 'flying man' belongs to the past. Exploring this subject today, I can escape clichés and absorb a sharp feeling of pure passion not common to our time. The idea of my piece dwells on the intersection of the real world where the experience of flight receded and the dream world where this experience was regained.

Flying Machine: Technical drawings

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