“The Fluidity of Breath: A Collaboration” presented by Unknown presenters


Session Title:

  • Interactive – Networked – Human Computer Interaction (artist talks)

Presentation Title:

  • The Fluidity of Breath: A Collaboration

Presentation Subtheme:

  • Symbiotic Imaginaries




  • This talk presents our installation in progress The Fluidity of Breath, based on studies of the reciprocal mechanism of oxygen/Co2 exchange between humans and oceans – in essence, the breathing of the world. We include how our distinct disciplines synergize a new experience of environment, and earlier collaborations in VR, installation, video/sound.

    Symbiosis occurs when distinct entities engage in long-term interaction. This artist’s talk by collaborators Deborah and Richard Cornell considers the shaping and rationale that inspires autonomous artists to meld independent expressions into new occurrences of medium and expectation, using the bridge of technology. It will discuss three works from the 20+ year trajectory of Deborah and Richard Cornell’s collaborations, in VR/animation, installation, video, and sound, and how interpretations from their distinct disciplines synergize a new experience of environment.

    It also introduces the installation-in-progress, The Fluidity of Breath. They envision the reciprocal mechanisms of oxygen/Co2 exchange in humans and oceans – in essence the breathing of the world – based on the work of scientists studying marine phytoplankton and botanical systems and consider the impact climate change has on the highly interconnected systems of human existence. They imagine a meta-structure to express the overarching symbiotic shape of this immense breathing world.

    The work is installed in a darkened space, with two-channel video projected over a 3 x 6-meter mural, with sensor elements that combine satellite data from CO2 levels with the number of viewers in the room. This data then alters the work in real time.