The Breathe Table – Visceral Interaction

Van Mensvoort
January 8th 2008

the breathe table
Now why is that girl so excitingly staring at a few blurry blobs on a flat screen? Is it because these blobs are connected to her breath... What? Yes that is right, you are looking at the breathe table.The project examines breathing as a means of intimate communication. Our breathe takes the form of a coffee table across which two participants converse via patterns of light and color. The blue blobs are connected to the girls' breath and the red dots are connected to the breath of the person on the other side of the table.
breath table
The breathe table is one of the demonstrators in Qusai Kathawala's Visceral Interaction Master graduation project at Art Center Media Design Program.
According to designer Qusai Kathawala, "Visceral Interaction is a tactical approach to interaction design that aims at developing self-awareness and empathy. Grounded in a practice-based understanding of the body, it leverages media's social, psychological and physical potential to connect us with our environment, the people around us and ourselves."Whereas most media extend external parts of our body (a car as extension of legs, television as an extension of our eyes), the breathing table extends an internal bodily process.
breath table

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ashley lenartson
Posted 02/08/2008 – 23:04

this is quite complex and detailed information. When I first looked at the pix of the light table I thought it had something to do with breathing or of the body. I was right. I don't know how I figured this out but I did. It was great to look at this web site and read more about how and what artists do when they take art classes at the University Level (College).
Have a nice day and be kind to the Planet if at all possible as Mother Nature (GAIA) does listen to us and so does the Universe. Ashley Lenartson, Person

Hendrik-Jan
Posted 08/01/2008 – 09:52

As cars are extentions of our legs, and television an extention of our eyes, then what could could be an extention of our breath? Your personal photosynthesis pages on flickr?

Should men be able to give birth to children?


Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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