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Breathing patterns, 2020

6th International Digital Art Biennial 

Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal 

12.01.2022 - 02.05.2023


Salomé Chatriot merges elements of technology with organic parts to create physical and virtual spaces where electronic sculptures and digital images coexist. 

In her work, physical processes like breathing and heart beating activate mechanical processes, resulting in a symbiosis between human bodies and technological devices. While refusing to embrace a prevailing pessimism about technological progress, she seeks for opportunities to expand our intimate relationships with technologies. In addition, she explores issues of identity, gender and sexuality through a distinctly erotic component, while it also challenges dominant narratives. Through her hybrid, disturbing yet optimistic artistic language, Chatriot is capable of generating unconventional approaches relating to technological tools.

Salomé Chatriot performing her breath at Art Basel 2022 for ON curated by Gianni Jetzer

Portrait by Micha Freutel and Torvioll Jashari


Breathing patterns, 2022 - Breath Generated video diptych, 6' each, 4K

Courtesy Salomé Chatriot and New Galerie

Winning work of the Siemens Ingenious Prize at Centre Pompidou

This video diptych represents a breathing memory recorded by the artist during the confinement in 2020 and used to animate these two organs. These breathing data were extracted using a spirometer (medical breathing sensor) and an algorithm during a performance filmed in real time via the Italian run sace Like a Little Disaster.  Lying on a dead tree, Salomé Chatriot shared her breath with this non-living being so they could coexist together. This original work was created after the initial interactive performance Fragile Ecosystem, which served as a platform for recording during 4 hours the artist’s breath. 

The video on the right corresponds to a phase of quasi-sleep (meditation) and is therefore very regular while the one on the left was extracted from the artist's body subjected to intense physical and emotional activity and therefore irregular.

Salomé Chatriot won the Siemens Ingenious Prize in 2021 at the Centre Pompidou (Paris) with her work Breathing Patterns, awarded by Serge Lavigne, Emma Lasvignes and Simon Baker.  

In collaboration with the Nemo Biennial 

With the support of the Fonds franco-québécois pour la coopération décentralisée (FFQCD) and la Délégation Générale du Québec

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