Last Breath, 2012
Motor, bellows, plexiglass, digital display, custom circuitry, respiration tubing, brown paper bags
23.6 x 10.8 x 9.1 in / 60 x 27.5 x 23 cm, respirator
32.8 ft / 10 m, max length, tube
Edition of 6
Installation view at 11th Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba, 201
Last Breath is a robotic installation that stores and circulates the breath of a person forever, between a bellows and a brown paper bag. The apparatus is automatically activated 10,000 times per day, the typical respiratory frequency for an adult at rest. With each breath the piece generates quiet sounds from the bellows, the motor and the crackling of the paper bag. The piece also sighs 158 times a day. For the exhibition in New York, the piece is a biometric portrait of Cuban singer Omara Portuondo. A short video of her recording her breath into the device is shown on a small screen mounted to the wall.