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Occurrence, 2009 

RMIT Storey Hall Gallery, Melbourne

 

Part One / Action

 

An action for six days and six nights. Hidden behind a curtain in the gallery space, Themann stamps one sheet of paper with every breath taken. The stamp reads ‘Certificate Of Occurrence’. Curtains and colours are changed every twenty-four hours for six days.

 

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Part One / Action

 

 

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Part Two / Exhibition /Post-Action state

 

Six stacks of paper are presented as catalogued residue of the action ‘Breathing In Progress’. These are assembled and referenced on a small wall text,as follows: 

 

There are one thousand four hundred and forty minutes in the day. The average adult takes eight to twelve breaths per minute.A relaxed adult, drawing a minimum of eight breaths a minute, takes at least 11560 breaths every 24 hours. Here, inside this gallery, each stack contains at least 11560 sheets of paper individually stamped by the artist with‘CERTIFICATE OF OCCURRENCE’.

 

 

 

Part Two / Exhibition /Post-Action state

 

 

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