Flight 19 was a collaborative project between the E.S. Inc. group and the City of Tampa. The City supplied an abandoned baggage claim building on the outskirts of downtown Tampa on a temporary basis for E.S. to program. The name “Flight 19” makes direct reference to the first Navy mission to be lost in the Bermuda Triangle. We applied the information and imagery of this lost mission to our project as a parallel to the ephemeral nature of our presence in the space. Unlike those pilots of the original mission we knew some day we would disappear.
The vision of Flight 19 was to offer an exhibition space to serve the Tampa Bay community by programming important national and international art and projects. The programming was also biased toward experimental art in keeping with the Experimental Skeleton mission. By employing these strategies the hope was that the space would organically grow into an arts “think tank” and a nucleus for energies in the downtown area. There was always something exciting to see at the Flight 19 space. We did not restrict ourselves to the normal exhibition patterns or to any one discipline. The Flight 19 space also attempted to align itself with the City of Tampa in achieving some of it’s initiatives such as “Lights on Tampa”. We actively pursued temporary and permanent public works to be sited in downtown Tampa, and if possible, at the Flight 19 space for public viewing.
Flight 19 functioned at the Union Train Station Baggage Claim Building from July 2005 – November 2008.