William Costa, Emily Sweeny, and Audrey Chen > Breathscape Sessions

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Breathscape Recordings 16/4/2010 – 22/4/2010

What does my body say to your body? What does your skin hear? What do my movements say to your muscles? What does my breath say to your lungs?

While at Steim we focused on recording the breath of a movement artist (Emily Sweeney) and a vocalist (Audrey Chen) as part of an ongoing project titled “Breathscape.” We have recorded breath under different conditions and in various locations and wanted to continue this research at Steim. While in the recording studio, Chen and Sweeney responded to the sounds of one another breathing, as well as recordings of their own breathing played back to them: http://soundcloud.com/bilwa/steim-audrey-emily-breathscape1

Breathscape is an inhabited installation that integrates body-sounds and videos with live performance to investigate the impact of new media technologies on somatic experience. Breath, muscle movement, and touch—basic, universal elements of physicality—become common points of reference around which audience and performer consider the ways our bodies hold images, ideas, and memories in both live and virtual contexts. Breathscape seeks to draw observers’ attention to their own kinesthetic navigation of technological environments, providing a space for meditating on the body’s changing communicative powers in the emerging virtual realm.

Video from installation at SUMU/Arte in Turku, Finland: http://vimeo.com/15978849

STEIM – breathscape

For more info about our work: perpetualmvmtsnd.org

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