Pete Burkeet

Black Hole Son

FILE Sao Paulo 2019 | Videoart
Electronic Language International Festival



In 1986, Cleveland, Ohio made it into the Guinness Book of World Records when Balloonfest ‘86 released 1.5 million balloons from Public Square. The balloons quickly drifted back down to earth, causing an environmental disaster. In 2012, in San Diego, California, the annual Big Bay Boom 17-minute firework display exploded in less than a minute. These two spectacular events are at the heart of Black Hole Son. Part moving painting, part processed video, Black Hole Son is an allegory for human error.


Pete Burkeet is an artist who makes paintings and videos that explore the products of mediated social experiences including magical thinking, escapism, anxiety, and neglect. His work has been shown internationally at festivals, museums, and galleries.