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

by Kathy Rose
FILM

Notes on Noise 01 Hoffmann's Hymn

by Norbert Pfaffenbichler
FILM

Breath Text: Love Poem

by Valie Export
FILM

Breathing House

by Nao Yoshigai
FILM

(OO)

by Seoro Oh
FILM

Plastic Child

by Carolin Koss
FILM

Voice Over

by Martín Rosete
FILM

Dortoka Uhartea (Turtle Island)

by Maru Solores
FILM

Breaths

by Nyla Innuksuk
FILM

Grow

by Micah Levin
FILM

Breathe

by Anna Sagatov
FILM

The Ocean Takes a Deep Breath

by Saskia Madlener
FILM

Fear of Dying in Transit

by Ian Purnell
FILM

Atmospheres

by Marco Vitelli
FILM

Days of Eva

by Vincent René-Lortie
FILM

I Am Breathing

by Emma Davie Morag McKinnon
FILM

Bad Boy Breathing

by Jeppe Hansen
FILM

Breath

by Eva Bakkeslett
FILM

Expire

by Magali Magistry
FILM

The Air of the Earth in Your Lungs

by Ross Meckfessel
FILM

The Act of Breathing

by Hana Yamazaki
FILM

Grassroots

by Frank Oly
FILM

Smog

by Jad Sleiman
FILM

Twenty-One Percent

by Ursula Biemann Mo Diener
FILM

Process: Breathe

by Line Klungseth Johansen
FILM

Our Curse

by Tomasz Śliwiński
FILM

The Breath

by Fabian Kaiser
FILM

Resuscitation

by Meghdad Asadi Lari
FILM

Deforest

by Grayson Cooke
FILM

Coronation Park

by Su Rynard
FILM
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