Living Archive of Breath

Can the arts inspire climate action? Living Archive of Breath brings attention and feeling to the scientific labor of climate change research through an activation of relations between breath, air and atmosphere.  Catalysed by a residency at the Lauder Atmospheric Research Station (NIWA), and meetings with scientists and technicians who are involved in ‘ground truth’ readings and data collection of the changes taking place in our atmosphere due to global warming, Living Archive of Breath was commissioned by Artistic Director of The Colour Festival, Philip Temewan as an ambulatory performance.  An audiowalk, video installation and performance, the work took place during the Festival, leading audiences with headphonics from the Wanaka Arts Centre where they witnessed the video installation LungSong, to the Lake edge where they encountered performers Tia Reihana and Neza Jamnikar and their dances in the Lake and on the pontoon.  As an artists’ testimony and measure of the temper(ature) of our times, this performance sought to draw attention to the air and weather as medium at a time of crisis for our environment and the species that depend upon it. 


We are all breathing the same air, through inter-arts and inter-cultural collaboration we invite witnessing air, atmospheres, breaths and cosmologies in relation.  En route audiences listen to stories and sounds emerging from the Company’s collaboration with atmospheric research scientists at NIWA’s Lauder Station as well as the voices of the researchers, Tia and Carol and 10 year old Cassidy Scoones.  


06 April 2019

Premiere Venue:

Wanaka Arts Centre, Wanaka, Central Otago, New Zealand


Sound Design - Russell Scoones

Choreography - Carol Brown

Video editor - Daniel Strang


Tia Reihana

Neza Jamnikar

Commissioned By:

The Colour Festival, Wanaka
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