Breathing Space

MMK Museum Arnhem, Netherlands

03.12.2016 - 08.01.2017 



Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Julia Bodamer, Ulla von Brandenburg, Sofia Bauchwitz & Mario Espliego, Yvon Chabrowski, Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, David Horvitz, Ricky Cherim & Tammo Hesselink, Tamara Kuselman, Paula Mierzowsky, Grażyna Roguski, Sonya Schönberger and Katharina Veerkamp 

Sometimes the air in between people becomes tangible and present in an unexpected way. This project is dealing with the diminishing space between people when they gather in masses and the air in between two individuals that connects them. The amount of air that builds up this space defines the way we move, as small and subtle as it may be, and how we adapt to our environment.

When is a space between people comfortable in our time and place? And when does it become too close or too distant? Do we move in relation to another person intuitively, or is it also predefined by different cultural backgrounds? Is a space formed by the movements and gestures that are enacted within? What happens when many individuals start to move in a collective way and become a single mass or even a swarm?


It seems we cannot measure or define this moving space due to its wide range of circumstances wherein it is present. Nevertheless, this tension exists and sometimes is more dominant than the transparent characteristics of air might confess. The performative project BREATHING SPACE seeks to analyse different shapes this invisible space takes and what is transported by this air that is in between.

Within her sculpture LUFTEINDRUCK Katharina Veerkamp shows the imprint of a human body in the air. She gives form to the negative space of the crouched physical body and forms a new body of air that is pushed away by it. She sees the human body as a container of and, simultaneously, as a designer of space.

Natalie Keppler / Inez Piso


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