Breath of Light


One must first come to know, through observ­ing one­self — just what one does with breath­ing. — Elsa Gindler

Breath of light is a gen­er­a­tive inter­ac­tive instal­la­tion, exhib­ited at the 13th Shanghai Biennale. The instal­la­tion aims to foster a feel­ing of con­nec­tion and aware­ness through the process of breath­ing syn­chro­niza­tion. Each of the two par­tic­i­pants gen­er­ates their own light with their breath, with sound sen­sors send­ing the signal data into a custom algo­rithm, which drives the fluid light par­ti­cles in real-time. While their breaths are syn­chro­nized, a ripple of light would be gen­er­ated, along with ethe­real ambi­ent sounds. Whenever the breath­ing starts, the instal­la­tion awak­ens, trans­form­ing the gallery into a com­mu­nal med­i­ta­tive space.

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Liu, P., Desnoyers-Stewart, J., Stepanova, E. R., & Riecke, B. E. (2023). Breath of Light: Towards Reclaiming Shared Breathing through a Meditative Installation. Leonardo, 56(5), 1–17. (Download)
Liu, P. (2021, March). Breath of Light [Curated Interactive Art Exhibition]. 13th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China.