Breathing in a House

Author: Pak Sheung Chuen

One night I slept on my own bed, staring at the ceiling, thinking of nothing, but indistinctly heard my own breathing, and I suddenly asked myself, ‘How long does it take to breathe in all the air of this room?’. This is how this work was conceived. And then there came a chance to realize this idea at the Busan Biennial in Korea. I rented an apartment (6.7m x 2.7m x 2.2m, as small as an apartment in Hong Kong! ) in Busan. I lived in this small apartment as usual, but I collected the air I breathed with transparent plastic bags until the whole apartment was filled with these plastic bags with my own breathing. The whole process took 10 days. It felt like part of my life has sojourned at this apartment.

—Text by the artist

Documentation – short: 6 mins, long: 38 mins
Interviews – Chinese: 12 mins, English: 5 mins
Extra – 3 mins
Single-channel video

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Location Code: AV.PSC.BAH
Language: No dialogue, text in English
Year of Publication: 2006