RÉESPIRATION is an ongoing art-health project, led by Samuel Bianchini and Thomas Similowski, where I act as computational and sound artist.
RÉESPIRATION consists in creating and experimenting with a soft robotic object that inflates and deflates its body with air, as if it was breathing. The object produces its own breathing signals through a deep neural network—called GANspire. It relies on thermal imaging to subtly adapt its breathing rhythms to that of humans breathing in front of it. A musical drone, composed of joint harmonic sounds and mechanical vibrations, radiates from the object’s body to reinforce the empathic relationship produced by breathing adaptation.
Current work includes collaborating with pulmonologists to design breath-based human-object interactions that would be as much experienceable by visitors in an exhibition hall as by patients in a hospital room.
The project is being developed with Samuel Bianchini, Thomas Similowski, Baptiste Caramiaux, Joffrey Becker, Kanty Rabenorosoa, Philippe Gauthier, and Corentin Loubet, in collaboration with the Reflective Interaction group of EnsadLab, the R3S department of AP-HP, the FEMTO-ST institute of ENSMM, and the HCI Sorbonne group of ISIR, in the context of a postdoctoral fellowship program at Faculty of Medicine, Sorbonne Université, and two societal fundings from Fondation de France and Fondation du Souffle.