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Breathe My Air

a paradoxical conversation piece


Filmed and edited by Sylvia Eckermann and Gerald Nestler © 2008-2011

3-channel video, duration: 01:58:14
Languages: English, German and Chinese
Subtitles: English and Chinese
Filmed at locations in Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Western Sichuan,

Northern Yunnan, Krems, Stopfenreuther Au and Vienna.


Supported by: bjartlab – Li Zhenhua
City of Vienna art council, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture

the Cultural Forum Beijing



> Projektbeschreibung in Deutsch


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The conceptual framework for the recordings is based on Oriental Chinese as well as Occidental notions of society, art, nature and environment. It fashions a platform that spans history, time and ideas of both cultures by conducting an exchange between contemporary proponents of art, philosophy and culture.


We refer to this mutual engagement as a paradoxical conversation: The participants did not meet physically, their contributions were edited to form strips of interweaving, emphatic and thoughtful information.


At the core of our video recordings are notions regarding Progress, Change and Utopia. These terms are examined for their past and present influence on the individual participants and their respective cultures.


Interpretations are grounded in socio-cultural environments. The more we share and interact, the more we learn to perceive our cultural settings as differentiations inside a global perspective, the more prolific, the more intertwined this exchange is going to become, developing new, alternative forms of cohabitation along the way.


Exchange as an alternative "currency" of socio-cultural information and commodities flows is a practice in personal communication and cultural enrichment that is not standardized (in contrast to money) and is mutual (in contrast to the gift). In a more and more global world, it allows for a direct, fluid, integrative and participative communicationand practice. In Breathe My Air, it materializes to an "invisible sculpture" that is an homage to extended and extensive ranges of perceptions in-between.


As an art project, Breathe My Air can neither change the quality of a city such as Beijing nor influence political or economic powers and their standardized contracts that form our future in reality. What it can do--and what might be called its utopia, is help build our vistors' experience that it does matter and that it is of vital importance to engage yourself by participating, acting, theorizing and last but not least by exchanging on all possible "channels".


Sylvia Eckermann: Breathe My Air




THE PARTICIPIANTS in order of recording


thomas feuerstein brigitte podgorschek

wolfgang prinzgau

axel stockburger cornelia offergeld michael höpfner
oliver grau wendy coones oliver irschitz
wolf günter thiel Jasmin Ladenhaufen karel dudesek und jasmin ladenhaufen
axel stockburger

Phase I - Europa / Wien


Thomas Feuerstein
Brigitte Podgorschek
Wolfgang Prinzgau
Axel Stockburger
Cornelia Offergeld
Michael Hoepfner
Oliver Grau
Wendy Coones
Oliver Irschitz
Wolf-Guenter Thiel
Jasmin Ladenhaufen
Karel Dudesk

Künstler, Theoretiker
Künstler, Spieltheoretiker
Kunsthistorikerin, Kuratorin
Architekt, Designer; Peyote
Kunsthistoriker, Kurator; Hrsg. Fair Magazine
Modekünstlerin; Boutique Gegenalltag



Cao Ke Fei Li Zhenhua

Yu Qiong

Xing Danwen Qiu Zhijie Miao Xiaochun
Li Shi Arrow Factory Zhao Tingyang
Tony Liang Fu Xi Chuan Ou Ning

Phase II - China / Peking

Cao Ke Fei
Li Zhenhua
Yu Qiong
Xing Danwen
Qiu Zhijie
Miao Xiaochun
Li Shi
Renia Ho
Wong Wei
Pauline Yao
Zhao Tingyang
Tony Liang Fu
Xi Chuan
Ou Ning
Zhang Wei

Theatermacherin, Regisseurin
Kurator, Medienkünstler
Künstlerin, Fotografin
Künstlerin, Kunstraum Arrow Factory
Künstlerin, Kunstraum Arrow Factory
Kunstwissenschaftlerin, Kunstraum Arrow Factory
Dichter, Schriftsteller
Künstler, Grafiker; Direktor Shao Foundation Beijing
Galeristin; Vitamine Creative Space, Guangzhou / The Shop, Beijing

Zhang Wei




fortschritt, veränderung, utopie




Four Zero Space, Hangzhou in cooperation with Shanghai eARTS, CN
Curated by Li Zhenhua
September 2010

Mifan, group show
VENUE_Room 208, NO.A3 Industrial Park-East, Shenzen CN

Dec 16 2009 - Jan 8 2010


Mifan, group show, organised by ASAP
curated by Karel Dudesek
AnniArt Gallery, 798 Dashanzi Art District, Beijing CN
Nov 8 - Nov 26, 2009

project launch at CPU:798, Beijing CN, 2008



Weina Zhao
Xu Pin Xiu

Chinese subtitles

Guan Shengsheng
Deng Fangmin

Written, filmed and edited by Sylvia Eckermann and Gerald Nestler


Filmed in Beijing, Krems, Shanghai, Stopfenreuther Au and Vienna.

Breathe My Air. a paradoxical conversation piece
© 2008-2010 by Sylvia Eckermann and Gerald Nestler

project launch hosted by: CPU:798, Edward Sanderson


supported by:

bjartlab – Li Zhenhua

Austrian Cultural Forum Beijing
Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kultur und Kunst
Kulturabteilung der Gemeinde Wien


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