Done some first visualisation sketches for breathing_time. I keep coming back to the ink metaphor.
But now I’ve made the connection with the Zen calligraphy tradition of ensō. It’s fascinating and beautiful and has of course a close connection to breathing and attention.
I did a quick mock-up in Flash:
It has potential.
I’ve improved the drawing ‘machine’ using velcro to make the position of the
brush more flexible. I’ve used toilet paper but this certainly doesn’t have
the refinement of rice paper. It just looks like used toilet paper whilst
the rice paper tests look like drawings. The roll of paper is three minutes of breathing, btw.
Nice first drawing on rice paper. The kind of paper used is very important for the result. I must see if I can find a narrow roll of rice paper. Or just use toilet paper?
My manually operated drawing machine build with a cardboard box.
Breathing for 3 minutes (until ink was finished). While in- or exhaling I moved the brush. When not breathing it remained motionless on the paper.
Breathing with a straw on drops of ink. With every breath a new drop is added.
Breathing with a straw above drops of ink.
Four stains made with four drops of ink for each breath taken over four minutes. (I’m a very slow breather.)
First analogue experiments of making time representation of time driven by breathing.
After the last workshop I went straight to the shop and bought some ‘equipment’ to experiment with. I especially like the tiny single punch and propelling pencil. I wanted to try different ways of working with paper in a portable way. Here’s a description of the things I tried. I guessed the air quality from smell.