Breathworks – Breathing and Creativity
In this blog post, originally for Modern Art Oxford, I outline how the versatility and vital (life-giving) potential of breathing can open doors for creative action today.
Recently I’ve been working with Modern Art Oxford on a project called Breathworks, which invites our audiences to produce experimental responses to and recordings of their breath. As Creative Associate (Digital), researching and developing Breathworks has been fascinating. It’s been wonderful to have an excuse to talk about breathing with so many knowledgeable individuals, both within and beyond the gallery.
Since Breathworks was conceived, breath itself has become a hot topic in 2020. Over the past few months, the purpose of Breathworks – to encourage creative connection through experimental approaches to and representations of breathing — gained newfound relevance for humankind. The immortal and tragic words, “I can’t breathe”, echoed during antiracist protests, follows the global outbreak of an airborne virus which has engulfed any sense of normality provoking, in turn, noticeable reductions in air pollution. I mention these diverse phenomena in one sentence (or in one breath?) not to demean or conflate their ongoing, profound and complex reverberations, but to illustrate that breath is a prominent theme of 2020; it is at the fore of our collective mind.