Breathing is an important issue has always been, not only from a medical perspective. The unique for bodily functions characteristic of being able to act deliberately in an uninterrupted flow involuntary, offers interesting starting points. Over a chest breathing is measured and transmitted in real time to a base. This translates the data permanently in a drawing, controlled by parameters such as the intensity, the frequency and the harmony of breaths. Simultaneously, the duration of this process is demonstrated by the continued overwriting.
The interactive medium provides a rich environment to explore the connections between physical bodies and the myriad of representational systems possible in the digital realm. Physical-digital interfaces – ranging from the familiar mouse and keyboard to more unusual sensing systems – provide the connective tissue between our bodies and the codes represented in our machines. I take these interfaces as both a practical and conceptual artistic challenge. Interactive systems determine the grammar of our interaction with digital media, and ultimately its possibility for meaning.
Mark Shepard is an artist and architect whose work addresses contemporary entanglements of technology and urban life.