Deep Sym Experience, 2022
Video - 2 min
The video showcases the journey of Sym, originating from the art installation Symbiosis, from the first tests in 2014 to showcases in 2022, throughout this period expressed in different structural compositions and showcased in various music, light and art festivals. The first visualisation was a two person cocoon, where each persons’ breath is represented as light spirals which they send to each other. The next Symbiosis was a flower icosahedron, for 3 people, which was set up in a Spanish desert. Last (so far) form of Symbiosis was an 8 people immersive dome structure. Each participant is assigned a different colour LEDs. When/if participants synchronise breathing, the lights grow out together from the top as one rainbow flower. The symbiosis of the participants creates the best version of the artwork, the concept explored the potential to create a collective altered state, achievable by engaging with deep slow diaphragmatic breathing. A gentle interactive soundscape guided the breathing rhythm to be of 4 count inhale 6 count exhale, adding extra sonic layers to notify participants when they are close to sync. In Symbiosis, the experience of art becomes a creative act of the participant, and technology, a tool for intimate human connection.
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)