the work of WIND AIR LAND SEA


03:30 pm

The Future of Breathing
A Participatory Workshop

Beverly Bain, Jamie Magnusson, SHATTERED MOON ALLIANCE

Following a format of listening, doing, and reflecting, collectively we will consider breathing—and its variants—as necessary tools for time travel. Through discussion and hands-on exploration, we will imagine breathing in the future by considering how it is that we breathe (and don’t breathe) now. A series of questions we would like to explore together include: What have we lost over time in terms of our ability to breathe deeply? What are the politics of the substrates that we breathe? How does breathing relate to rest and how might we practice being able to breathe better? Who gets to breathe and how might we become more attuned to those who aren’t able to? How might the act of breathing or not breathing be tied together with memory, consciousness and what is perceptible?


A number of guests will help to focus our discussion, including Beverly Bain, who will lead us in thinking through aspiration as both method and practice. Bain’s work builds on the concept of aspiration developed by Christina Sharpe in her book In The Wake: On Blackness And Being. Aspiration focuses on metaphorically putting breath back into the Black female queer and trans bodies of those who have died, been killed, experienced police- and other forms of violence, and have survived that violence. We will discuss Bain’s research alongside activities that bring attention to site-specific environmental data on the air we will be inhaling, and ways of breathing and walking as a generative and reflective practice. Jamie Magnusson will guide us through internal martial arts exercises in breathing to consider the “social body.” We will engage with Magnusson’s practice of community building and political work through “breath – work,” and its potential to dismantle oppressive hierarchies and build toward new social relations.



Beverly Bain is a Black queer feminist scholar who teaches in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She teaches and researches in the area of Black and Caribbean diasporic sexualities, violence against women and the Black queer radical feminist tradition in Canada.

Jamie Magnusson has been doing breath work as community building for a number of years. She has worked with queer/trans communities, sex workers, and BIPOC women who have experienced intimate partner violent and police violence. She is interested in breath-body consciousness in terms of “the social body,” and breath work as deeply connected to issues of sovereignty and cultures that we consciously and collectively build.

SHATTERED MOON ALLIANCE is a living research project taking the form of a series of participatory workshops exploring science fiction narrative worldbuilding. SHATTERED MOON ALLIANCE is Christina Battle and Serena Lee. Originally from Edmonton, Christina Battle is currently based in London (ON). Her research and work consider to the parameters of disaster; looking to it as action, as more than mere event, and instead as a framework operating within larger systems of power. Serena Lee’s practice stems from a fascination with polyphony and its radical potential. Based in Toronto, Lee practices and collaborates close to home and internationally. Recent projects have been presented at Whitechapel Gallery (London), The Research Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, the Images Festival, Forest City Gallery (London, ON), Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival, The Theatre Centre/FADO Performance Art Centre (Toronto), and Mountain Standard Time (Calgary).