Out of Air is a participatory work by Asher Lev and Irina Lavrinovic. One of the main questions it poses is how we breathe together. One of the mechanisms for inducing/encouraging participation is of a particular kind – necessity. At one point in the work Irina Lavrinovic submerges herself underneath the water and holds her breath. After a few minutes have gone by, while still keeping her clam submerged position underwater, she signals to the spectators that she needs them to give her air by blowing up balloons that they previously received. While the audience reflects upon the real or artifice of her demand, her time is running out and this part of the choreography is about to collapse.
The question the spectators might be asking themselves is should they take responseability for a situation they did not create, but are nonetheless a part of. Some decide to act and blow up the balloons to supply her with the air she needs. By doing so they help her breathe and stay underwater. They help sustain the structure of the choreography and they participate in it out of necessity located in multiple realms and bodies. But even without this active nature, our invested awareness around the act of breathing creates a latent participation in our choreography of all human bodies present in the room, whether one wants to or no.
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tuesday 11 July og wednesday 12 July
1 pm Open praxis: How can we breathe together (free admission)
3 pm Performance: Out of Air
10 pm Performance: Out of Air