Justus-Liebig-Universität GießenInstitut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft
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Breathing City


Breathing City is a video and sound installation comprising of 4 TV screens and surround sound system. The video screens display an 8 minute cycle depicting urban surroundings, captured by computer controlled robotic cameras, accompanied by a musical composition for 4 breathing voices edited for surround sound. The multitude of elements produces a contrast of unity and multiplicity: the 4 voices unite into a single enfolding sound; the four screens show a single object in different moments in time and from different perspectives, so that the singular disintegrates into a multiplicity. However, the manipulation is performed in temporal succession avoiding repetitiveness. The robotic camera movement contrasts with the human motion, opposing the animate with the inanimate, the city life and the living city.