Javier Tellez «One Flew Over the Void» (Human Cannonball) 2005.
Javier Téllez points at the sky, locating a spot where Human Cannonball Dave Smith might sail above the border fence as part of Téllez's project One Flew Over the Void.
«Building on a collaborative process that is evident throughout his artistic practice, Javier Téllez's project One Flew Over the Void involved a sustained engagement with psychiatric patients from the Baja California Mental Health Center in Mexicali to co- create a public event and to document its evolution and final performance. Inspired by the traditional human cannonball circus performer, Tellez explored the notion of spatial and mental borders in the context of Tijuana and San Diego and developed an event that involves sending a human cannonball across the border between Mexico and the United States. Through successive creative workshops and exchanges the world's most famous human cannonball, Dave Smith, the psychiatric patients and Tellez collectively devised the backdrop, music, costumes, print advertising, radio and television announcements and advertising for the event. The performance will occur on August 27 at the site where the Mexico/US international border fence disappears into the sea between Playas de Tijuana and Border Field State Park. Finally, Tellez will create a video documenting the process and the event.»
One Flew Over the Void, 2005.