in the same breath

Daksha Patel presents

in the same breath SAT 20 NOV- SAT 26 FEB


Part of Screenlight

A series of micro commissions designed to showcase the work of digital artists working within moving image. Selected works are presented in the foyer of Waterside Arts.

in the same breath by Daksha Patel

The animation focuses upon the internal body, with a soundtrack of heartbeats, breathing, whispering and swallowing. It merges analogue drawings inspired by bio-medical imagery with creative coding responding to the soundtrack data. Coding and data seem particularly relevant for this subject matter because the pandemic is made sense of through data and by using algorithms to model and predict future outbreaks.

In the early days of the pandemic, we became acutely aware of our bodies. Everyday things like food, exercise or touch turned into big things to negotiate. It was as if the body had become a dangerous place. We grew emotionally vulnerable and developed an acute awareness of our physical proximity to others. The animation explores this intensity of experience.

About Daksha Patel

Daksha Patel is a Manchester based visual artist whose practice encompasses drawing, printmaking, animation, textiles and installation.

Her residencies include: Anatomy at King's College London (2019-2021), Life Science at University of Dundee (2018/9), Applied Mathematics at University of Bristol (2019) and Neuroscience and Imaging Science at the University of Manchester (2016).

Her solo exhibitions include: Dundee Contemporary Arts; Paper2 Gallery, Manchester; Watermans, London; Horniman Musuem, London and LifeSpace gallery, Dundee. Her Art in Manufacturing commission was shown at Queen Street Mill, Burnley, as part of the British Textile Biennial 2019, and her print-based costume 'Symbiotic Morphology' is showing at the 'Paper Fibre Art Biennial 2021' in Taipei, Taiwan.

Recent group exhibitions include: Coachworks, Ashford; The Ruskin, Lancaster; The Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary award at The Mall Galleries, London and Asia House Gallery, London.


Sat 20 Nov- Sat 15 Jan

Please note that the video will change temporarily on Tue 30th Nov- Sun 5th Dec in recognition of World Aids Day.


Daksha Patel

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