It takes 154,000 breaths to evacuate Boston

Posted by kanarinka akanarinak | Tue May 1st 2007 6:58 a.m.


It takes 154,000 breaths to evacuate Boston
A networked running project by kanarinka.

How do you measure fear in a society obsessed with security and

This Spring, kanarinka is running the entire evacuation route system
in Boston, MA, and measuring its distance in breaths. While running,
she amplifies and broadcasts each breath into the public space around
her body.

The project is an attempt to measure our post-9/11 collective fear in
the individual breaths that it takes to traverse these new
geographies of insecurity.

The $827,500 Boston emergency evacuation system was installed in 2006
to demonstrate the city's preparedness for evacuating people in
snowstorms, hurricanes, infrastructure failures, fires and/or
terrorist attacks.

It takes 154,000 breaths to evacuate Boston consists of a series of
running performances in public space (2007), a web podcast of breaths
(2007), and a gallery installation of the archive of breaths (2008).
The performances and website are presented by iKatun for the 2007
Boston Cyberarts Festival. The project will be on view:

What: Boston Cyberarts Festival Gala
When: Fri, May 4, 2007, 6:30pm
Where: Hotel @ MIT, 20 Sidney Street, Cambridge, MA

More info: | 617-501-2441
Listen now:

Thanks to the generous support of: iKatun, The RISD Professional
Development Fund, The LEF Foundation, and the Boston Cyberarts Festival.
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