Shop > Anthologies



Ala Roushan
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
17 × 24 cm
100 pp
Contemporary Art, Environment

BREATHLESS shares contributions on the paradoxes of air, atmosphere and the breath with key texts and artworks. The book begins in the smog of our current predicament, with philosopher Dehlia Hannah proposing a new vocabulary for air in her text, “Inversion Layer”. Following the flow of air, Flaka Haliti’s installation “Speculating on the Blue” opens a portal to an artificial atmosphere that defines boundaries of a closed reality. Connecting to parallel worlds, philosopher Achille Mbembe’s “The Universal Right to Breathe” captures a global perspective on breathing, offering alternative trajectories beyond suffocation. Marguerite Humeau’s speculative sculpture imagines a species that survives suffocation and evolves exclusively to breathe. Charles Stankievech exhumes the voices of Clarice Lispector and Lygia Clark as an interconnected mystical encounter in a text titled “Breath with Me, A Breath of Life”. In “Twilight of Sighs”, psychoanalyst and philosopher Alireza Taheri analyzes the sigh with a set of propositions. With the same intensity, Donna Kukama re-narrates history with her performance “Chapter Q: Dem Short-Short-Falls” as she breathes the memory of an invisible event. Invisibility of viral and virtual particles are positioned in the context of other historical times in Ala Roushan’s text “Air of Our Closed World”, articulating the inversion experienced today within the domestic bubble/bunker. “The Air Without” by Kate Whiteway connects illness and metaphor to consider contradictions in the air that both oxygenates the lung while breathing diamond dust. With a granularity greater than dust, Heather Davis’s text “Molecular Intimacy” situates us at the nanoscale to position bodies within the atmosphere they breathe. This final text loops back to the start of the book in considering the air of our contemporary sky and the breath that exists in its precarious state. Under this arched sky, the book ends with “Fire with Fire”, engulfed in the smoky aftermath of forest fires in the work of Julius von Bismarck.


Related Items

  1. Eva Ebersberger and Daniela Zyman: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary: The Commissions Book
  2. From Sea to Shining Sea
  3. Postport
  5. Robin Cameron: Who You, I See
  6. Juliane Bischoff and Kate Newby: I can’t nail the days down
  7. Ron Terada: Who I Think I Am
  8. Justin Gordon and Justin Patterson: A Call With No Response
  9. Prism of Reality Issue #3
  10. Tunica Magazine Issue III
  11. Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art
  12. Public Collectors
  13. PS:
  14. Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art
  15. Dénes Farkas: Evident in Advance
  16. Lewis & Taggart: MOLAF VARIATIONS
  17. Parkett No. 96
  18. ARTFORUM September 2015
  19. Dale Edwin Wittig: Another about the Author
  20. Osmos Magazine: Issue 06
  21. Lisa Oppenheim : Lisa Oppenheim: Works 2003-2013
  22. Geoffrey Pugen: White Condo
  23. October Magazine Issue 154
  24. Paper Monument Issue Four
  25. Paper Monument Issue Three
  26. Paper Monument Issue One
  27. Kent Monkman: Shame and Prejudice, A Story of Resilience
  28. Fillip Issue No. 20
  29. Sun Ra: In a Qu*A*re Time and Place
  30. Lewis & Taggart: MOLAF INCARNATIONS
  31. Espace 115
  32. Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet
  33. Henry Hu: titles 01
  34. Barbara Kapusta, Rocco Pagel, and Jenni Tischer: Dinge und Dialoge
  35. Michael Dopp: New Babylon
  36. Edgar Leciejewski: Tones
  37. Hannah Rickards: Grey Light. Left and right back, high up, two small windows
  38. The Unfinished Conversation
  39. Periodico
  40. Grete Neseblod: The True Meaning of S.M.H.