April 24, 2014

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Oriana Herrera-Moreno

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An Unescapable Cycle of Others and Their Air

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Vicious Circular Breathing is an installation piece created by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and commissioned by Borusan Contemporary  in Istanbul: it consists of a hermetically-sealed glass chamber in which visitors are encouraged to breathe the same air that was previously breathed by participants before them. The contraption circulates the air by automatically inflating and deflating …

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Vicious Circular Breathing is an installation piece created by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and commissioned by Borusan Contemporary  in Istanbul: it consists of a hermetically-sealed glass chamber in which visitors are encouraged to breathe the same air that was previously breathed by participants before them. The contraption circulates the air by automatically inflating and deflating 61 brown paper bags around 10,000 times a day!

In case you feel a bit claustrophobic or weary of asphyxiation the glass room provides two emergency exits and carbon dioxide and oxygen sensors.  The piece includes warnings for asphyxiation, contagion, panic, “and produces a faint mechanical sound, a quiet whir from the air flow and a louder crackle from the crumpling bags.”

I find this piece incredibly interesting and witty but at the same time extremely unsettling because it evokes an unescapable, unending, self-generating cycle of entrapment that we can all relate to.

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