Breathing Restraint
2016 Installation

"Breathing Restraint" is an interactive installation utilising the communications protocol. It is presented as a hybrid of internet device and medical equipment. Synchronizing with the respiratory rate of the participant, the installation keeps sending a certain amount of data packets to an online server while catching those that are bounced back. During the process, packets may get lost gradually due to the communication failures of the Internet and/or infrastructure issues. These lost packets will be presented by the state of solenoid air valves on the device, which will lead to momentary stuck while inhaling. After several rounds of breathing through the installation, the participant might barely have access to air.

Through connecting the state of the smallest information unit of Internet with an essential activity of human body, "Breathing Restraint" transforms hardly noticed yet ubiquitous incidents on the Internet, the data transmission that is determined by numerous nodes, into an unique sensory experience. The feeling of either smooth breathing or transitory lack of air is formed and manipulated by all (designed) autonomous nodes on the path in-between the echo server and the installation. In another word, the experience is intruded and irritated by the tremendous and intangible traffic of the network, as well as infrastructures in various geographical locations, which are operating under different social, cultural, economic and political conditions.

“呼吸抑制”是一件基于网络通讯协议技术的交互式装置作品,其以一种互联网设备和医疗设备的混合体的方式呈现。同步于参与者的呼吸频率,装置在不断往复的将一定量的数据包发送至线上服务器并捕获返回数据。在此过程中,数据包可能因为互联网通信失误或设施问题而丢失。而数据包的丢失与否将控制装置上气阀的开合,即数据包的丢失会致使参与者吸气障碍。最终在通过此装置的几轮呼吸后,参与者将几乎无法汲取空气。

通过将互联网的最小信息单位与人体的基本活动相连接,“呼吸抑制”将网络多节点传输过程中普遍存在缺不易察觉的事件转化为独特地感官体验。其呼吸通畅和瞬间窒息的体验是由服务器和装置之间的数据传输路径上所有的自治节点所操纵的。换言之,这个体验被巨大而无形的网络交通,以及在数据通路途径上的不同社会、文化、经济和政治条件下运作的基础设施所刺激与干涉。