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!
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 🙂
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.