I Breathe, You Breathe, We Breathe: How a daily habitual movement appears as an action and grows into a gesture through listening

Leonie Persyn

Abstract


In this article I wonder whether the non-breath in-between inhalation and exhalation and inherent to breathing equals what Hannah Arendt calls a space of appearance. Can the non-breath be considered as a place where human plurality and the self emerge (Arendt 2015, 160-163)? Or in other words, can a daily and habitual movement like breathing provide the space for action to appear? Can our breathing act? And if so, do we speak (up) through our breathing? Through listening to the breathing bodies in Grey (Kinga Jaczewska, 2018), Toute une nuit and Rendez-vous d’Anna (Chantal Akerman, 1982 & 1978) I search for answers to these questions.


Keywords


non-breath, the in-between, action, gesture, motion, intimacy, listening

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.21476/PP.2019.51260

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