Collective Breathing Exercise

A short facilitated performance

Collective Breathing Exercise is a public artwork that aims to revive the sense of collectivity within the public through the universal experience of the breath. The work invites strangers to come together and breathe in synchrony for a moment. Through this activity, I hope to bring attention to the collective nature of an action that we do every day - breathing.

The participatory performance coordinates people to sit together in a circle and breath together at the same pace and at the same time. This is achieved through a facilitated exercise. Each person sits in the circle facing the back of the person beside them. They will then place their hand on the back of the person beside them and focus on the pattern in which the back moves. Their task is to sync their breath to the pattern they sense. Everyone in the circle is connected, thus over time, everyone will start to breathe at the same pace and depth.