Breath of Life
September 2019

Breathing: an act that is for most of us perpetual, essential, and completely thoughtless. Our constant exchange of interior and exterior, oxygen for carbon dioxide (or, if we happen to be plants, the opposite) goes largely unnoticed, even if the average adult human lungs hold six liters and are emptied and filled twelve to twenty times every minute. We notice respiration most when things go wrong -- when airways are blocked, when maintaining breath requires medical intervention, or when the atmosphere becomes toxic following disaster or slow degradation of air quality in some murky but worrisomely plausible future. Or we may choose to notice, focusing on our breathing in meditation and psychological exercise. Meanwhile there are those who, instead, deny breath, pushing their physiological limits. And all around us, gas exchange occurs on larger scales: nitrogen into the soil, carbon into the ocean, the entire planet taking its own essential breaths.

Architecture of the Breath
Architecture of the Breath
Kathy Rose
Notes on Noise 01 Hoffmann's Hymn
Notes on Noise 01 Hoffmann's Hymn
Norbert Pfaffenbichler
Breath Text: Love Poem
Breath Text: Love Poem
Valie Export
Breathing House
Breathing House
Nao Yoshigai
(OO)
(OO)
Seoro Oh
Plastic Child
Plastic Child
Carolin Koss
Voice Over
Voice Over
Martín Rosete
Dortoka Uhartea (Turtle Island)
Dortoka Uhartea (Turtle Island)
Maru Solores
Breaths
Breaths
Nyla Innuksuk
Grow
Grow
Micah Levin
Breathe
Breathe
Anna Sagatov
The Ocean Takes a Deep Breath
The Ocean Takes a Deep Breath
Saskia Madlener
Fear of Dying in Transit
Fear of Dying in Transit
Ian Purnell
Atmospheres
Atmospheres
Marco Vitelli
Aire
Aire
Ricardo Íscar Álvarez
Days of Eva
Days of Eva
Vincent René-Lortie
I Am Breathing
I Am Breathing
Emma Davie
Morag McKinnon
Bad Boy Breathing
Bad Boy Breathing
Jeppe Hansen
Breath
Breath
Eva Bakkeslett
Expire
Expire
Magali Magistry
The Air of the Earth in Your Lungs
The Air of the Earth in Your Lungs
Ross Meckfessel
The Act of Breathing
The Act of Breathing
Hana Yamazaki
Grassroots
Grassroots
Frank Oly
Smog
Smog
Jad Sleiman
Twenty-One Percent
Twenty-One Percent
Ursula Biemann
Mo Diener
Process: Breathe
Process: Breathe
Line Klungseth Johansen
Our Curse
Our Curse
Tomasz Śliwiński
The Breath
The Breath
Fabian Kaiser
2042
2042
Emiliano Castro Vizcarra
Sniff
Sniff
Fernando Cucchietti
Guillermo Marin
Resuscitation
Resuscitation
Meghdad Asadi Lari
Deforest
Deforest
Grayson Cooke
Coronation Park
Coronation Park
Su Rynard
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