Deep Sym Experience, 2022
Interactive Multimedia Experience
Sym (www.deepsym.com) is an interactive art object that visualises breathing, synthesising technology, art and wellbeing. Using custom sensors, the participant's breathing is visualised in a soothing light, picking up deep slow diaphragm breathing. The experience allows the participant/s to focus on breath and breathing through the belly which activates the parasympathetic nervous system, improving physical, emotional and cognitive states overall. Sym can be used by multiple people at once, breathing together creates an intimate experience of connection to one's breath and to others. When in sync, the lighting colour changes to rainbows, animating the object, creating another form of communication, beyond language and inhibitions. Sym is for symbiosis - a beneficial process in nature where connections beyond the self improve the overall ecology of being. Sym was developed from a larger art installation Symbiosis - which has travelled and been to many UK light and music festivals such as Leeds LightNight, Latitude and Noisily and beyond.
About the artist:
www.deepsym.com | @deep.sym | @light_ray5
Kira Zhigalina is an award-winning multimedia artist based in London. After graduating from Central Saint Martins and working primarily in film and video she became interested in incorporating technology to create immersive, expanding, and emotionally connecting experiences for the audiences. She began working on interactive biofeedback installation Symbiosis with engineer Adrian Godwin in 2014, developing sensors and light biofeedback, which extended into research on breathwork and diaphragmatic breathing entrainment, resulting in developing of the art object Deep Sym as a wellbeing product. She has created experiences and installations for the likes of Secret Cinema, Vivienne Westwood, LSO, ZSL and Latitude and Wilderness Festivals and exhibited worldwide in places like The Tanks, Tate Modern, Kinetica Artfair, Leeds Light Festival, Symposium on New Technologies for Mindful Awareness and Wellbeing, and Yota Space Festival of new Technologies. (www.dotkira.com)