Sky Kiss, Ars Electronica, Linz
Charlotte Moorman’s Sky Kiss originally began in collaboration with Jim McWilliams, but from the 1980s onwards, Otto Piene joined as the organizer. Piene already had expertise in balloon technology from his experience of levitating a performer with hot-air balloons for Boston WGBH’s program The Medium Is the Medium in 1968. Piene founded the artist group Zero in the late 1950s, and invented the concept of ‘sky art’ as a part of environmental art, and produced such works as Olympic Rainbow shown at the closing ceremony of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, by filling different-colored tubes with helium and projecting lighting on them. Piene brought Moorman to the Sky Art Conference as part of Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria in 1982 to perform Sky Kiss.
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Charlotte Moorman (artist and performer)