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New ways of BREATHING

Event took place at HOME, Manchester on 28/01/22 as part of PUSH LAB 2022.

Through ‘breathwork’ we can be alive in this moment, but it is most often done for a purpose, a desire beyond breath. This is can be wonderful, such as when it allows us to exude more energy and love throughout our day. However, breathwork has become wrapped up with our culture of optimisation. We manipulate our breath to be more effective and efficient, to perform (to perform) at our peak.

These rituals of recharge are ultimately matters of self-concern. The breathworker dives deep into the self, away from other and environment. They emerge, serene.  We are perpetually calmed, allowing us to continue accepting our place within inhumane societal structures.

Rather than retreating into self, can we breathe together to restructure our relations and norms?

new func is seeking ways of breathing which make us feel alive; connected to self, other and environment in this moment.

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Bref Specs: Breathe in the ear and out the nose. Become engrossed in the sound of breath.

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Breathers walk up and down phosphorescent lanes, inhaling up and exhaling down, making a mark to count the breath. On the 5000th breath, they leave. 

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Do something to breathe

...or Breathe to do something: we are guided in action by our breath -we move to breathe - breathe to move - our guide, the breath, connects us to the environment of infinite possibility.

Tunnel Head - Cocooned together in a bedsheet, 2 heads meet, detached from bodies, aligning breath, the external world irrelevant. 

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Above: BREATH SROKE FIVE THOUSAND - Breathers walk up and down phosphorescent lanes, inhaling up and exhaling down, making a mark to count the breath. On the 5000th breath, they leave.


Left: BREATH SROKE TWELVE HUNDRED - 20 people spiralled through the untellable space marking 60 stickers - 1200 breaths glowing through the dark. .

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Jazz Breathing, Tam Dibley. Based on the beat writing technique of Jack Kerouac - inspired by jazz musicians - we speak a worded refrain in a single exhalation. The grammar of breath defines the rhythm of expression.

Breathing Meaning -  Communicate truth  (perhaps who you feel you are in this moment or something that makes you feel happy/shame/anger/sorrow/joy)  only through your breath.

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Performance by

Cartier Themanneverthink


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Brush Breath Sand GONG

In darkness, breathers enter a sonic sea of breath and brush. Brush in hand, and bare feet on sand, inhaling, they brush backward, exhaling, forward, revealing phosphorescent patterns on the floor below.  Lost in patterns; in repetitious fluctuations of concrete and sand, in echoes of breath and brush, they lose themselves. Until one hits a pendulum gong, when all must stop and hold their breath until the ringing ends.

Event Variation:

The above piece took place as described with 2 key changes: 

1. Phosphorescent patterns axed in favour of dark. 

2. Gongs became the Human Sand Gong - walking through the dark, spreading sand and catching breathers - GONG

Video of piece below. 


Box Breath

Shove head in box  (with open front) and focus breath on specific spot – breathe in the walls – inhale the corner, the column, a ladybird or shoe.

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Bref o'clock

On waking, we enter the clock of breath in fives. Together we become the hand of time, spinning around the face, breathing slow in the centre and fast at the edge; for every step we take a breath. The edge must breathe faster and faster to curve the hand of time, and catch the centre. Then the centre becomes the edge, and the hand of time resets. This process repeats 5 times, and then it is Bref-o’clock. 

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BREF Stroke. Follow the video. Breathe to the count of 7.

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