An installation comprised of two hospital ventilators, running on compressed air, installed at Hordaland Kunstsenter, in May 2019. The work requires the presence of the subject’s body in the gallery, to complete it. The ventilators linked to motion sensors and software, respond to the presence and movement of visitors to the gallery space. Their movement within the space causing the ventilators to stop and start unpredictably, based on a set of always changing variables, creating passages of quiet between the machines’ operation.
‘As people enter, the ventilators (machines designed to breath on behalf of another body) begin to “breath”, the translucent “lungs” attached to them, inflating and collapsing rhythmically and the mechanical pumps powering them, sighing and sucking as they drive the machines. As people approach the ventilators, they may cease “breathing”, leaving the visitor - in the absence of the ventilators’ working rhythm - with the sudden intensity of the room’s ambience and an awareness of their own presence in the space. (excerpt from interview with Diku).