exhale is an experimental film by Michèle Saint-Michel and part of a broader, multi-screen series. The films are designed to be played simultaneously. The inhale/exhale film series takes cues from film diarist Anne Charlotte Robertson and the self-portraits of artist Eleanor Antin. The artist exists here on film, breathing in time to arguably the most beautiful pattern found in nature, the Fibonacci sequence.
Breathing is autonomous. Yet, we can override the default system. Diaphragmatic breathing can even calm our nervous system and quell anxiety. Breathing to a descending Fibonacci ratio however—no matter how beautiful the pattern is purported to be—will cause a fit of hyperventilation. As viewers will witness.
Sophie Stone, Music
Sophie Stone is a composer of experimental music based in Kent, England. Her practice investigates modes of listening, experiences of sound and silence, environment and space, durational music, and improvisation. She is interested in quiet and drone-based music, fragile and unstable sounds, as well as experimental music outside of the concert hall. Sophie’s work ranges from electroacoustic and audiovisual to score-based and open notation compositions. Her latest work includes an outside space (2020), an audiovisual composition exploring the artist’s experiences of a daily walk during the Covid-19 pandemic, and postcard-sized pieces (2020) which is a set of small open scores of text and staff notations that can be explored in any way.
Sophie is currently studying for a PhD in composition with Dr Lauren Redhead (Goldsmiths, University of London) at Canterbury Christ Church University, where she is also a sessional lecturer. Sophie’s practice research PhD focuses on multiplicity as a process of experimental music. Her research and music have been a part of festivals and conferences including: Ideas of Noise (Birmingham), Electric Spring Festival (Huddersfield), WinterSound (Canterbury), Margate NOW (Margate), Sound Thought (Glasgow), and Performing Indeterminacy: An International Conference (Leeds). In 2019, She participated in Wandelweiser’s ‘Composers Meet Composers’ mentoring programme (Neufelden, Austria) with mentors Antoine Beuger, Emmanuelle Waeckerle, Marianne Schuppe, Jürg Frey and Joachim Eckl, and mentees Alex Nikiporenko, Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Noah Jenkins and Masaya Osaki. sophiestonecomposer.com/