Initiated by Philips, myself and Willem Kempers have produced inhale/exhale, an installation that imitates human breathing. Our task, given by the design lab, was to visualize our own measured data. Without any medical knowledge we have chosen to measure and research our breathing patterns. We were curious as to how breathing would change in differing situations.
Breathing is a vital function that can be subconscious as well as controlled. Our goal was to make people aware of their breathing habits by making breathing data more legible. As anyone can testify, taking a deep breath before a nerve-racking experience can calm that anxiety, but to what further extent can controlled breathing benefit the human body?
Through gathering primary breathing data taken during various activities, the aim of this project was to heighten awareness of subconscious breathing patterns, patterns that can then be overcome and controlled. We built an installation that represents a pair of human lungs and interacts with the measured breathing data. The installation creates a giant bubble, the suspended bubble is inflated using the collected data patterns.