hold our breath in fear when inhaling and exhaling becomes dangerous.
In today's world, we cannot breathe freely, we have limited the
possibility of a normal life for the common good. Connected by the
Internet, we can still communicate and see each other. The pandemic
is a great trial and a lesson in coexistence. Now, more than ever ,we
realize that everything and everyone is interconnected,
interdependent and responsible for the entire planet.
The earth has held its breath, we feel it painfully, but for most of the plant and animal worlds nothing has changed. What is our life like today, in different places on Earth? How does holding our breath affect our activities? What are our impressions when we see places where the energy has changed so much? What emotions arise and what are the conclusions?
Thanks to web cameras, we can keep an eye on the state of the world. We can visit places known to us, but also places that we will never reach. Do we want everything to return to the previous order, which was the cause of the present catastrophe? How will we live, what will we change? We hold our breath knowing it might take a long time to breathe in or out again.
I hope that many of these and other questions will be asked by all viewers of this project, which is also a kind of documentary record of our activity in selected places of the world. For this purpose, several minutes of footage from street cameras scattered around the globe were downloaded from the Internet (all from the last days of April and the first days of May 2020, the time of the first global lockdown).
The artistic idea of extracting objects in motion from an image refers to one of the oldest computer "games", the work of John Conway - The Game of Life. The "cells" moving on the board obtain "life" on strictly defined mathematical principles, creating moving patterns on it. Passers-by against the background of the city board resemble animated cells, but the algorithm of this movement is currently ruled by the coronavirus.
I'd like to express my gratitude to Grzegorz Rogala for assisting me in developing this project from the IT side. Without your knowledge it wouldn't come to life. Thank you so much!