In May 2017, Breaths in Glass made its first international workshop at Murano in Venice.
We invited random persons on the streets of Venice to blow glass with us at Abate Zanetti School of Glass. Chance made us get together with 5 German speaking persons for an afternoon of saving the forms of our breaths in glass spheres. We were very well instructed by a group of skilled glass maestros in the furnace.
These spheres are now saved for future art installations.
The trip was made with the support of IASPIS, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.
Our latest stop for Breaths was activated during the event Dark Light Poetry at Övedskloster in Skåne, south of Sweden.
Breaths was one of 15 light installations at Dark Light Poetry, which was arranged by the association Sydljus at Övedskloster castle and park during the major event Österlen lyser (Lights of Österlen) on the 4-5 of November 2016.
“In DARK LIGHT POETRY, we want to explore the beauty within the quiet. Set aside the noisy day and accompany us on a walk where your thoughts and feelings may expand. Where you find light in the dark. ….
A warm welcome to DARK LIGHT POETRY posing the question: How little is enough?”
Joanna Thede interviewed by radio journalist Malin Thelin, P4 Malmöhus, Sveriges Radio about the event: “Finurliga former lyser upp” (Furtive forms give some light).
Our fifth and sixth stop for Breaths was made within Bästa Biennalen, arranged by Moderna Museet in Malmö in Höör and in Malmö during the autumn school leave October 26-29 in 2015.
In Höör, children and youth helped us blow in glass at Incendi glasblåseri in cooperation with Helena Dunér and Espen Jensen. The glass piece was exhibited at Höör library during October. There was also the possibility for the audience to participate in creating the art piece directly, as Breaths #5 was activated on spot.
Here is a radio broadcast by Malin Thelin at P4 Malmöhus, Sveriges Radio: “They gather the form of a breath”.
More info of Breaths in Höör here.
In Malmö, at the children and youth section within the Malmö City Library, Breaths #6 was activated on the 28-29th of October together with participants visiting the library. The exhibition continued for two weeks.
More info of Breaths in Malmö here.
The next stop of Breaths was held in Copenhagen at the OK Corral Gallery in the group exhibition “Ena eller andra sidan / Ene eller anden side” during the Artist Run Festival in May 9th – 24th.
Short info from Artist Run Festival: “Wherever people gather together, it is potentially there, but only potentially, not necessarily and not forever.” (Hannah Arendt)
We assemble breaths from passers-by out in the city centre before installing in the gallery in the evening.
Visitors stay a while after having donated one breath each.
Young participant of Breaths at Kulturhuset in Stockholm, Sweden. Photo: Hanna Frihammar