THE ART OF THE EMPATHIC

23 Aug

LOUIS 2014MY NEXT BREATH IS IN YOUR LUNGS. . . IS A SOUND AND LIGHT INSTALLATION IS COMPRISED OF EIGHT AUDIO PIECES OR “SOUND PORTRAITS” EACH CONTAINING THE SOUND OF A DIFFERENT PERSON BREATHING. EPHEMERALITY FOR CONCERNING BELONGING.IVORY 2014FROM AFAR IT APPEARS THERE IS NOTHING ON THE WALLS, BUT AS ONE APPROACHES, THE SOUND OF INHALING AND EXHALING BECOMES AUDIBLE.  SPOTLIGHTS ILLUMINATE THE SOUNDS EMBEDDED IN THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE MUSEUM ANIMATING ITS STRUCTURE. ROY 2014BREATHING IS AN ACTION THAT EVERY HUMAN PERFORMS AND IS REQUIRED TO SUSTAIN LIFE.  ALTHOUGH EACH PERSON IS UNIQUE WE ARE ALL FUNDAMENTALLY THE SAME.  THE BREATH HELPS US CONNECT TO OUR UNIVERSAL HUMAN EXPERIENCE.  THIS PROJECT GIVES VOICE TO WHAT IS INVISIBLE AND DRAWS ATTENTION TO THE WALLS BETWEEN US. AN IDEA SO PROFOUND IN ITS SIMPLICITYHANSA 2014THE SCOPE OF THIS PROJECT IS EQUALLY MATCHED BY THE PARTICIPATION INVOLVED IN “SEEING” THE PORTRAIT.  THE PORTRAIT WE HAVE SO BECOME USED TO SEEING AS A REPRESENTATION OF A PERSON, OR A LIKENESS OF, A STATUS OF PRESTIGE AND ASPIRATION.  THESE SOUND PORTRAITS THROW THOSE CONVENTIONS TO THE WAYSIDE, CONVEYING THE ESSENCE OF THE SOUL STRIPPED BARE IN REAL TIME.  ELIMINATING THE PRETEXT OF STIGMA, CONNECTED TO RACE, NATIONALITY, & CLASS, LEAVING ONLY THE BREATH REMAINING.LOUIS 2014A WORLD OF  PRECONCEPTIONS OFTEN BLIND US FROM SEEING THE REALITY IN FRONT OF US.  THESE PORTRAITS DEMAND ENGAGEMENT, AND A LEVEL OF INTIMACY MOST WOULD BE AFRAID TO ENGAGE DIRECTLY. CONNECTING WITH THE WORKS CAUSES A FASCINATING SYNCHRONIZATION AS  YOU BEGIN TO MIRROR THE BREATHING YOU ARE EXPERIENCING, CREATING INTIMACY THROUGH EMPATHY.  WHO THOUGHT THAT AN INVISIBLE PORTRAIT COULD BE SO REVEALING?HEAR MY BREATH

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