1372549

2016

A performance which viewers experienced one at a time. Viewers were asked to stay in the gallery only for as long as they could hold their breath.

The performer sat next to a jug of water and a potted plant while reading aloud from interview transcripts about people’s most exhausting experiences. The performer would occasionally stop reading to take a sip of water or to give some of her water to the plant. When a viewer could no longer hold their breath and began to leave the room, the performer would immediately stop reading and switch off the light.

The piece's title, 1372549, was created by calculating the number of human breaths it would take to fill the gallery space at Nahmad Projects, where the performance took place.

All images courtesy of Nahmad Projects, London. Photos: Benedict Johnson.