Breathing worlds

Art-research project, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and Modern Art Oxford, 2020-21.

Breathing worlds used curation and collage to draw together research about breathing from different areas of knowledge. An academic counterpart to Breathworks, Breathing worlds culminated in a large-scale display of research, a vitrine of artefacts and a panel event.

This project was supported by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and co-produced with Derek McCormack, Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Oxford (journal article forthcoming).

Breathing worlds, 7x3m ‘research wall’. Sabin and McCormack, 2020.

Our installation at Modern Art Oxford became a nebulous seven-by-three-metre configuration of printed materials: an assemblage of photographs, infographics, sketches, and painstakingly selected quotations. Eventually, through collaborative effort, the content was assorted into eight areas or ‘breathing worlds’, if you will. There was: ‘breathing experience’, ‘breathing health’, ‘breathing environment’, ‘breathing politics’, ‘breathing violence’, ‘breathing technology’, ‘breathing art’, and ‘breathing is…’.

– Lucy Sabin (2020).
Breathing worlds panel event with Derek McCormack, Patsy Isles (Words of Colour) and Alice Sharp (Invisible Dust) for the Humanities Cultural Programme, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, October 13, 2020.