Art Basel Cities Week

‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ Catalog

September 6 – 12, 2018

David Horvitz

Señalamiento del cielo (Signaling the Sky), 2018

Multiple locations


Señalamiento del cielo (Signaling the Sky), 2018
200 balloons, each with one mile of string
Dimensions variable

American artist David Horvitz, whose works often juxtapose man-made systems and natural phenomena, has created Señalamiento del cielo (Signaling the Sky), a series of performances that encourage public participation – especially by children – as the work is realized by the release of 200 helium balloons in each of three locations. The spontaneous route of each balloon string as it disappears into the air is an homage to the French artist Marcel Duchamp, who spent a little-known sojourn in Buenos Aires from 1918 to 1919. During this period, the godfather of conceptual art sent his sister instructions for a work he titled Unhappy Readymade: hang a geometry book on a clothesline and subject it to fluctuating weather conditions. Similarly pairing arithmetic (each balloon string is exactly one mile long) with unpredictable forces, Señalamiento del cielo (Signaling the Sky) illustrates man’s sublime futility in the face of nature. The aerial landscape produced by the balloons is a celebration of collective ritual and at the same time a rejection of the industrial city, as our eyes are drawn irresistibly toward the sky. The title is a reference to Argentinian conceptual artist Edgardo Antonio Vigo‘s Señalamientos series, which invites the public to perceive everyday objects as readymades.

This artwork has been realized with assistance from the Ministry of Ambient and Public Space of the City of Buenos Aires. Special thanks to Indura.

Related Events

  • Performance  |  Friday, September 7, esplanade of the Biblioteca Nacional Mariano Moreno, Agüero 2502, Recoleta, 5pm-7pm
  • Performance  |  Sunday, September 9, waterfront of La Boca, near Av. Don Pedro de Mendoza 2200, 4pm-6pm
  • Artist Talk  |  Sunday, September 9, in front of Fundación Proa, La Boca, 5:15pm-6pm
  • Performance  |  Wednesday, September 12, in front of Ex Cervecería Munich, Av. de los Italianos 851, Costanera Sur, 4pm-6pm

Visitor Information


Born 1982 in Los Angeles, USA 
Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA  

David Horvitz is an American conceptual artist known for his diverse practice spanning media and subject matter. The founder of Porcino gallery in Berlin, he studied at the University of California, Riverside, and received his MFA from Bard College. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘POST’ at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2013); Art Basel Statements with ChertLüdde, Basel (2013); ‘Gnomons’ at the New Museum, New York (2014); ‘Situation #20’ at the Fotomuseum Winterthur (2015); and ‘Água Viva’ at Belo Campo, Lisbon (2018). His work was included in ‘Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015’ at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2015); ‘The Distance of a Day: New in Contemporary Art’ at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2016); ‘Sea’ at MOCAK, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow (2016); ‘Tidalectics’ at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), Vienna (2017); ‘Days are Dogs: Carte blanche à Camille Henrot’ at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2017); and ‘Take me (I’m Yours)’ at Villa Medici, Rome (2018). Some of his many artist books include Sad Depressed People (New Documents, Los Angeles, 2012); Stolen Spoons (Pork Salad Press, Copenhagen, 2015); Océan (Yvon Lambert, Paris, 2017); and A Disappearance from Winschoten (Shelter Press, Rennes, 2017).

The artist is represented by ChertLüdde, Berlin.