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COLLECTIVE SIGH

A project developed during the 2021 Meet Factory Food Studio Residency in Prague

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While in residence at the Meet Factory, I invited people to make pickles, sauerkraut, and other preserved food while reflecting on thoughts and actions that have sustained them through the past year of lockdowns and isolation. With a series of written sound prompts, I encouraged deep breathing and play. The responses were then recorded and compiled into an audio piece. I am exploring the idea of a collective exhale which frames both the action of sighing and the process of fermentation as methods of resilience. The final installation housed pickles, sauerkraut, sculptures, and the sound piece.

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Excerpt from sound piece

Final Installation
with sauerkraut vessels, sauerkraut, pickles, sculpture, sound piece.

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A special pickle back shot comprised of whiskey and brine from homemade pickles was served at Meet Factory's "Soiree", an open studios event. The artist in residents made pickles to accompany the shots.

Pickle making with other Artists in Residents

Sauerkraut making with open studio visitors 6.29.21

During the recent global health crisis, we have developed a hyper awareness of the release of breath and exchange of air. We must hold our breath during a time when, as a society, we so desperately need to sigh together. While in residence at the Meet Factory in Prague, I invited people to consider the movement of air in and out of their bodies. With a series of written sound prompts, I encouraged deep breathing and play and then recorded and compiled these sounds into an audio piece (see submitted piece). I am exploring the idea of a collective exhale which frames the action of sighing as a method of resilience.

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