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
Northern Yunnan, Krems, Stopfenreuther Au and Vienna.
Supported by: bjartlab – Li Zhenhua
the Cultural Forum Beijing
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credits & support / venues
Four Zero Space, Hangzhou in cooperation with Shanghai eARTS, CN
Mifan, group show
Dec 16 2009 - Jan 8 2010
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
project launch hosted by: CPU:798, Edward Sanderson
bjartlab – Li Zhenhua
Austrian Cultural Forum Beijing
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".
THE PARTICIPIANTS in order of recording