A Portrait of Your Breath is an audiovisual performance, using recordings and live treatments of human breaths, with responsive visuals based on microscopic images of movements of air on glass, capturing the ephemera of this almost unnoticeable but vital activity.
The audio for the work offers up an immersive and deeply resonant sonic world, where the audience can physically feel the sound in their bodies, moving with a radiant splendor, flickering across nervy pulses and warm and organic harmonies. The visuals are created with bespoke particle software that manipulates and treats original footage that Kasia recorded under a microscope, presenting an abstract emotive landscape where reality meets the imagination, and micro meets macro in the use of addition aerial footage which highlights the ubiquity of air, and our dependency on its quality to sustain life.
Breathing is one of the most intimate actions which our bodies perform - and the main connection between inner parts of our bodies and the outside world. We inhale the invisible air to provide vital oxygen to our lungs, but at the same time we let in a great deal of other invisible particulates. We exhale whatever our bodies need to let go - parts of ourselves, useless stuff, processed stuff and, if our lungs function well - whatever else can harm us. “A Portrait of Your Breath” is a journey through traces of ourselves which we leave with our exhaled but fading breath, hoping that it could last in our memories for a bit longer than a few seconds.