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Breathing Room
Christopher Lin
April 6 - April 30, 2017
Ray Gallery

Breathing Room
Installation view: Breathing Room, Ray Gallery
2017
Hippocampus, hippocampus
Seahorses, air bags, silica gel packs, pillow speaker, glass, iPad, and audio/video components
12 x 12 x 12 inches
2017
Untitled (Deep Clean)
Graphite on nautilus shell, cotton swabs, ear wax, and polystyrene
10 x 7 x 3.5 inches
2016
Breathing Room
Installation view: Breathing Room, Ray Gallery
2017
Calcify (detail)
Sand dollars and brain coral on wooden desk and chair
2018
Keeping Tempo
Metronomes, insulation foam, rope, dock cleats, and oak
Dimensions variable
2017
Breathing Room
Installation view: Breathing Room, Ray Gallery
2017
Automated Respiration
Practice goose bagpipe, paraffin wax, dumbbell, latex tubing, air pump, and outlet timer
60 x 36 x 18 inches
2017
Morijio
Oyster shells, ear plug, Ibuprofen, Himalayan pink salt lick, and rope
2017

Humans do not need to actively breathe. We breathe automatically, sucking in and exchanging air unconsciously throughout our lives.

Cetaceans, such as whales and dolphins, do not automatically breathe. The diving reflex, exhibited strongly in aquatic mammals but present in all air-breathing vertebrates including humans, overrides the basic homeostatic reflex to breathe. Temperature sensitive receptors in the body sense immersion or submersion and automatically trigger the diving reflex. While the diving reflex is induced, oxygen is distributed preferentially to the heart and brain, and heart rate decreases. Blood is redirected from the limbs and all other organs, concentrating flow to the heart-brain circuit for conservation and survival.

Breathing room is a room for breathing. It is a rest stop from our automated respiration--a space to practice conscious inhalation and exhalation.