Up Up and Away

Membrana Aerofuselada, 1992. Ciudad Abierta. Scanned from Manuel Casanueva’s “Libro de Torneos.” Valparaíso, Chile: e[ad] Ediciones, 2009.

Membrana Aerofuselada, 1992. Ciudad Abierta. Scanned from Manuel Casanueva’s “Libro de Torneos.” Valparaíso, Chile: e[ad] Ediciones, 2009.

The School of Valparaíso went through a glorious phase of playing games in the 1970s. They played “Membrana Aerofuselada” in 1992 in order to celebrate their 40th anniversary as an architecture school. There were a variety of games, both competitive and non-competitive, and most of them were invented by the faculty and students. Once I began studying these activities the “props” grabbed my interest: costumes, rolling contraptions, stilts, and this “membrane.”

This is actually a two-part game. The object of the game was originally to toss a ball on the blanket; see the first photo. But once the wind made this impossible, the players invented a new game: keep the “membrane” from flying away by having people walk on it, as you see below.

Membrana Aerofuselada, 1992. Ciudad Abierta. From: Manuel Casanueva Carrasco, "Libro de Torneos" ( Valparaíso: e[ad] Ediciones, 2009).

Membrana Aerofuselada, 1992. Ciudad Abierta. From: Manuel Casanueva Carrasco, “Libro de Torneos” ( Valparaíso: e[ad] Ediciones, 2009).

I just came across video of this game on the School’s Vimeo archive and it’s a delight to see both games in progress. This is a great example of the School’s adaptability and embrace of failure. Plus, the visuals are just gorgeous.

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