Breathing Restraint
2016
Installation

"Breathing Restraint" is an interactive installation utilising the communications protocol. It is presented as a hybrid of internet device and medical equipment. Synchronizing with the respiratory rate of participant, the installation keeps sending certain amount of data packets to an online server while catching those that are bounced back. During the process, packets may get lost gradually due to the communication failures of the Internet and/or infrastructure issues. These lost packets will be presented by the state of solenoid air valves on the device, which will lead to momentary stuck while inhaling. After several rounds of breathing through the installation, the participant might barely have access to air.

Through connecting the state of smallest information unit of Internet with essential activity of human body, "Breathing Restraint" transforms hardly noticed yet ubiquitous incidents on the Internet, the data transmission that are determined by numerous nodes, into an unique sensory experience. The feeling of either smooth breathing or transitory lack of air is formed and manipulated by all (designed) autonomous nodes on the path in-between the echo server and the installation. In another word, the experience is intruded and irritated by tremendous and intangible traffic of network, as well as infrastructures in various geographical locations, which are operating under different social, cultural, economical and political conditions.

呼吸抑制
2016
装置

“呼吸抑制”是一个基于用户数据报协议(UDP)的互动装置,由装有定制程序的微型电脑和呼吸面罩构成。参与者通过面罩以呼吸的方式往复地将大量数据包(packets)顺序发送至服务器并收回,由于互联网特点所产生的通信失误或基建等问题会导致过程中无法预测的数据包丢失,并会以呼吸卡顿的形式体现。随着呼吸往复次数增多,数据包丢失不断加剧,最终参与者将再无法汲取空气。


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Breathing Restraint(video)