performance video (3:12)
full wall projection
The dictionary definition of pneuma is "the vital spirit, soul, or creative force of a person." The Greek origin is "that which is breathed or blown." In this video, the in-breath is equated to a state of illumination; inspiration, the out-breath to darkness; expiration, release. In an act of endurance and self-control as in a pranayamic breathing exercise, the pause at the bottom of the exhalation is gradually drawn out. As the exhale is extended the viewer begins to wonder when and whether the subject will reappear. The breath becomes a delicate reminder of our existence, the rhythms we live by, and an interior world that must learn to expand.