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News from Antarctica

In 2015 I created the underbelly installation as a way of imagining what it might be like beneath an Antarctic glacier where the sea is melting the ice from below – somewhere humans have never been or seen. Later in that year I worked with sound artist James Maher to create a video. Well, scientists have just filmed beneath a melting glacier for the first time and it seems our work was pretty accurate!

The Thwaites glacier holds 3 metres of sea level rise and its decay is accelerating. Full story in The Atlantic: The New Video of One of the Scariest Places on Earth

Catch Your Breath in the UK

An image from the Catch Your Breath project is being shown alongside ancient aboriginal rock art, The Scream and The Birth of Venus as part of an exhibition touring the UK. The exhibition explores how the breath has been understood and experienced over time by  philosophers, scientists and artists and has been developed by the Life of Breath group based at Durham and Bristol universities as a five year project funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Coincidentally, the exhibition is called Catch Your Breath, which explains why I couldn’t secure catchyourbreath.org for my own project website 🙂

The image being used – breath 5307 of the archive contributed by someone in Brisbane at 2:43 pm on the 20th of August 2017

After 5 months in Durham, the tour is now at the Royal College of Physicians in London until September 20, 2019 and then the Southmead Hospital Bristol until late 2019. Further information can be found here.

Catching Breaths at Testing Grounds

Excited to be invited to host Catch Your Breath at the one night Testing Grounds event in South Melbourne in March. Upwards of 600 people attend the regular one night markets with 20 or so artisan maker stalls and a dozen artists.

I don’t often get the chance to engage with visitors and talk about their response to seeing their breath captured and the ideas behind the work. At least 100 people caught their breath, contributing more than 200 breaths to the archive, which is now well over 16,000 breaths. With 3 cities remaining in the Experimenta tour, we may exceed 30,000 breaths.

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Images copyright Keelan O’Herir.

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