As an artist, I need to rest is a very intimate piece, an exhausting performance in which I emphasize the creation of my own work in front of the public over time. I’m lying still on the floor of the exhibition space; I’m exhaling through a very long cable, which departs from inside my left nostril and it ends at the center of the main screen, suspended from the floor. A digital creature which I call feather is entirely generated by my exhaling into it. During the performance, I'm exhaling around 14.000 digital elements and I can bring the feather into more than 6 different states of beings, from addition to resistance patterns of life. Also the range of the carbon dioxide level in the exhibition space is revealed by the digital feather, which might lose its initial range of colors heading towards black in case of higher concentrations in the air I’m inhaling. One can hear the fatigued sound of my respiration over time.

Being in control of my own work through my breath, I need to rest to find a symbiosis between me and my work towards a single unit, the piece. A psychological and bodily stamina is needed to fight against the risk of hyperventilation, in which I might find myself breathing consciously deeper or faster to control the behaviors of the creature. Breath, as the giver of life, represents keeping each other alive, a metaphor of dependence between the artist and his own creation.

Distributed by LIMA
(Amsterdam)

Claudio Buziol Foundation, Venice (Italy), 12 May 2010

--- Jury Recommended Work, 13th Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo (Japan), 2009
--- Nominated for FILE PRIX LUX 2010 Interactive Art, São Paulo (Brazil), 2010
--- Shortlist, Share Prize 2010, Turin (IT)

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