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Mat Chivers — Quarantine Day 8

May 29, 2020

Some years ago I made a sculpture that records the invisible turbulence trail made in the air as I breathed. It was one of the first times I collaborated with other people and changed the way I’ve worked since. I thought of it again when I saw recent images of simulations mapping the way airborne particles can migrate around a supermarket. As a black man is brutally choked to death on the streets by a white police officer; people all over the world fight for life on respirators; and lockdown is being used by loggers and poachers to pillage the environment that provides us with the air we breathe – air seems synonymous with freedom. I’ve been reading about the amygdala – a seed at the base of each hemisphere and one of the oldest parts of the brain that’s believed to have a role in the perception of fundamental emotions like fear, anger and sadness, and has a function in how we control aggression. It helps store memories of events and emotions so we can recognize them in the future. The pre-frontal cortex is the part believed to deal with reasoning and awareness of the potential consequences of our actions. When we experience fear the amygdala inhibits the function of the pre-frontal cortex. At night when the world goes quiet I have this sense that I can hear all our minds whirring

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