Topography of Breath 2.0 is a virtual encounter with skin, flesh and breath. This digital work considers the struggles during a pandemic, as Toh examines the lived experience of being productive at such a time. .As Singaporean where economic performance forms the national identity, the body becomes a form of human capital to be disciplined for constant growth. One’s physical endurance and prowess parallels the capitalistic society that demands faster, longer, stronger performance from its subjects; the measure of neoliberal resilience.
This work was first commissioned by Asian Film Archive and presented as a live act in State of Motion: Rushes of Time as part of Singapore Art Week 2020. In collaboration with ARTFACTORY and presented by OH! Open House,
Reviews Harrowing and sublime: Topography of Breath by Chan Sze Wei https://artsequator.com/topography-of-breath/ “Pat Toh’s Topography of Breath 2.0 is a superhuman spectacle of suffering; kinky in a terrifying way; a cry for survival in an onslaught of social pressure and anxiety. Or all of the above.”