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Breathing Staircases | Site-specific multisensory and immersive installation

Breathing Staircases, conceived by multimedia artist Silvio Wolf together with the One&Seven collective, unfolds on all floors and surfaces of the staircase, the physical communication core of MEET designed by architect Carlo Ratti. Through simultaneous 7-channel multi-projection, with a layering of images animated by the sound of voices and the artists’ breathing, the futuristic staircase becomes a pulsating body in physical and symbolic relationship with all who use it.

Breathing Staircases offers a space of horizontal and vertical experience through fluid and inclusive movement, an expression of the Singular and Collective Universe of which all who access it become an active and conscious part. Visitors will enjoy an experiential and meditative fruition of the primal condition of breath through their personal, physical and emotional involvement, immersed in an extraordinary place of viewing and listening.

One&Seven was formed as a collective from the meeting and academic journey of seven artists identified by a wide range of art and media practices, under the guidance of Silvio Wolf at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Breathing Staircases is the result of the research the group develops around their individual and collective identity, and interpersonal relational dynamics. It includes multimedia artists Silvio Wolf and Lisa di Donato, photographer James Weber, sculptor Leah Poller, artists Farah Marie Velten and Judith Lipton, and photographer-social activist Rick Raymond.

The work was created with the collaboration of Davide Sgalippa, director with Rossella Bertolazzi of the IED Milan School of Visual Arts. Lecturer at IED Milan and the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo, exhibition and multimedia designer of TheBuss Group.

Breathing Staircases Multi-sensory, immersive site-specific installation
October 13 through December 11, 2022
MEET Digital Culture Center on Viale Vittorio Veneto, 2 in Milan.

Credits 12 installation shots:

Images © Silvio Wolf

The installation Breathing Staircases has been conceived by Silvio Wolf with the One&Seven artist collective for MEET Digital Culture Center’s Living Staircases.

One&Seven includes: Lisa di Donato, Leah Poller, Rick Raymond, Farah Marie Velten, James Weber, Silvio Wolf

The installation has been achieved through the generous support of MEET Digital Culture Center in partnership with IED Milano and the School of Visual Arts, New York.

With the collaboration of:
· Davide Sgalippa: Co-Chair with Rossella Bertolazzi of the School of Visual Arts at IED Milan; Professor at IED Milan and the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo; exhibition and multimedia Media designer at TheBuss team.
· Marco Ferrari: Digital Designer; video and audio designer at IED Milan.
· Solian Clerici: Exhibition and Light Designer at IED Milan and TheBuss team.
Technical Sponsor: Epson

Video montage documentation © Marco Ferrari with Silvio Wolf.