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Feb 11

呼吸 Hūxī Respiration Art Exhibition and Live Performances

February 11 - February 13


After several years of a world pandemic, where has your breath has taken you? Is it a form of escapism, a little breathing space to relax, get out of your own head and pursue a mindful experience? How important is it to performative phrases that express tension?

Breath is a discrepant engagement across passageways and afterlives, for to respire is an opening for life and death and the exquisite possibility of escape.

To mark the start of a new lunar year, Goldsmiths Confucius Institute will be hosting an intriguing new art exhibition exploring respiration in relation to the Chinese characters 呼吸 Hūxī.

Intermittent live performances will be taking place throughout the duration of the exhibition and Covid-friendly refreshments will also be available to take home.

This exhibition will present a variety of mediums (including but not limited to experimental videography, photography, painting, sculpture, physical installation and textile) from a range of contemporary artists, including external artists as well as Goldsmith’s Art, Music, Design and Theatre and Performance students, and will investigate the importance of respiration in creative practice and the challenges of being resistant.

Inhale and exhale are seen as opposites and equals at the same time, influx-and-efflux marks how’s movements oscillate between porous extremities and radiating interiorities. The dynamic impulses happening across linguistic patterns.

呼吸 has resonances with the experience of being simultaneously inside and outside the scene of respiration, both shifts recalibrate the self, the other, the properties and subjects involved with them. Like an otherwise arranged by syntactical reinvention, or the influx-and-efflux of words across sentences, waves, and worlds, 呼吸 is a sonic entanglement. It is a call and response beckoned by ideological impulse, political determination, and social sound that travels across disparate life forces.

呼吸 Hūxī – Respiration

11th February – Great Hall, Goldsmiths
Afternoon Session: 4pm – 5.30pm
Evening Session: 6pm – 7.30pm

12th February – Great Hall, Goldsmiths
Evening Session 6pm – 7.30pm

13th February – Great Hall, Goldsmiths
6pm – 7.30pm – Great Hall, Goldsmiths

Covid Regulations
Participants are encouraged to take a lateral flow test prior to arrival, required to wear a mask throughout the exhibition and maintain social distancing and relevant health and safety regulations.

This is event is free for Goldsmiths staff and students and £5 for non-staff/students. Please sign up via the booking link at the top of the page to secure your place.

Photo: Jiaying Gao


Goldsmiths, University of London
8 Lewisham Way
London, SE14 6NW United Kingdom
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