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Beckett's BreathAnti-Theatricality and the Visual Arts$
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Sozita Goudouna

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474421645

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421645.001.0001

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Investigating the Materiality of Respiration in Different Media

Investigating the Materiality of Respiration in Different Media

(p.161) 7 Investigating the Materiality of Respiration in Different Media
Beckett's Breath

Sozita Goudouna

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter juxtaposes Beckett's Breath with breath-related artworks by prominent visual artists who investigate the far-reaching potential of the representation of respiration by challenging modernist essentialism. The chapter examines the pneumatic readymades by Duchamp, Beuys, Manzoni, Weseler, Navridis' Difficult Breaths, Gary Hill’s Circular Breathing, Kanarinka It Takes 154,000 Breaths to Evacuate Boston, Lygia Clark's Respire Comigo (Breathe with Me), John Latham’s The Big Breather Project, Gabriel Orozco’s Breath on Piano, Giuseppe Penone’s To Breathe The Shadow, Bill Viola’s Fire, Water, Breath, Marina Abramović’s (With Ulay) Breathing In Breathing Out, VALIE EXPORT’s Breath Text: Love Poem so as to investigate points of intersection (connections, linkages, overlaps) between different artistic media (intermediality) and aims to put on view breath’s intrusive actuality and immediacy into the field of representation, by means of an inquiry into the ways that these different aesthetic practices depict the human respiratory system, as the zone of evaporation that separates formlessness from form and life from inertness.

Keywords:   Form, formless, respiration, intermediality

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