Breath Work

by Rebecca Aston

Every day I am committing myself to streaming some breath work; breathing and writing while observing my own breath. Entering a feedback loop with myself, plugging in. Explore the archives of recordings or catch me live online.

During the sessions, I will be wearing a breathing sensor that I have created myself to stream my breath online. The breathing sensor is knitted out of yarn and conductive thread. I’m running a few volts of electricity through the sensor and as my chest expands and contracts the resistance changes, capturing the act of breathing and also movement. I am streaming my key strokes as I write. Inviting others to be present with me, to be anonymous voyeurs that enter into my thoughts.

These live streamed sessions, examining an embodied process of digital making, will serve as starting points for further writing and visual exploration.

This work is made as a part of In-grid, a collaborative residency between arebyte gallery and Goldsmiths, funded by Arts Council England.

Expansion and contraction. IN and out ..... Breathing is not the forcing of air into lungs. But the creation of a vaccum by the ribcage and diaphragm... Air is sucked in in into the vacuum. And you can see my typed text and deletions KinKnited out of yarn and conductive thread I am running a few volts of electricity through the stretch sensor and as the sensor stretches and contracts the resistance changes.... Stretch and contract..... Each pause....measured off tick tock tock tock each cell marks 5 seconds ticked off the clock.... tick tock... Breath Disembodied Breath still bodied breath we are still bodied... breath... virtual... virtual breath ... we are bodies tethered to breath. We are still bodied. We are political bodies not left at virtual doors.... we are still bodied.... tethered to breath...

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