"Last Breath", 2012
motor, bellows, plexiglass, digital display, custom circuitry, respiration tubing, brown paper bags
respirator: 23.62 x 10.83 x 9.06" / 60 x 27.5 x 23 cm
tube up to 32.8' / 10 m long
Edition of 6, 3 AP
Installation view at The Eleventh Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba, 2012.
"Last Breath" is a robotic installation that stores and circulates the breath of a person forever, between a bellows and a brown paper bag. The apparatus is automatically activated 10,000 times per day, the typical respiratory frequency for an adult at rest. With each breath the piece generates quiet sounds from the bellows, the motor and the crackling of the paper bag. The piece also sighs 158 times a day. For the exhibition in New York, the piece is a biometric portrait of Cuban singer Omara Portuondo. A short video of her recording her breath into the device is shown on a small screen mounted to the wall.
Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc.