This was originally a physical installation project planned to be exhibited at the Toronto
International Design Centre, but the entire work had to be moved online because of the lockdown.
"The Breathing Art" artworks use paper bags showing the distance between people during the COVID-19
pandemic, and the distance between the paper bags has been increased from 6 feet to the distance
from the screen to the next screen.
In this installation, brown paper bags and bellows are connected via breathing hoses. Sensors
activated by visitor movement around the installation cause the bags to expand and contract,
symbolic of breathing.
The bellows input frequency is regulated by a distance sensor that correlates close physical
distance (within 6 feet) to shortness of breath, dyspnea, coughing, and other irregular breathing
The work expresses our concern and fear of contagion during the COVID-19 pandemic. It expresses the
idea of keeping distance between people because of the epidemic. By representing our shared
experience as a designed interaction, aspects of physical distancing are recast as a complex and
emotional mode of intercommunication.