The work consists of one main video, projected on the wall, and six smaller video’s spread throughout the room. These videos show colorful balloons, floating on a deep blue sea. Everything is peaceful, even meditative. One by one, the balloons are being shot, but even the shot has no initial sign of violence, as the sound of the gun is replaced by a musical composition by Serdar Ateşer, wherein each balloon produces its own sound when it pops. The sounds connected to the colors bring to mind the principles of synesthesia.
The work originates from Hale Tenger’s photograph, Balloon Loan (2005), that shows a man shooting balloons in Izmir, with a NATO warship in the background. Shooting balloons is a very masculine game that is practiced at the shores of the Bosporus and in Turkish coast cities.