Balloon Nose Blow-Up

1972, 11:18 min, b&w, sound

With a striking economy of means, Ramos enacts a close-up performance action: he blows up a balloon with his nostril until it bursts in his face. He then repeats the action with his other nostril. Alternating nostrils, he continues to blow up the balloon until it bursts. With each iteration his exhaustion visibly increases; he gasps for breath, almost to the point of passing out.

This Program is a Presentation of Electronic Arts Intermix, Inc.