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Featured Art Exhibition & Workshop

Breathe In ‧ Breathe Out

Spatial Design
Media Creativity & Production


Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre


Hong Kong



The ebb and flow of the ocean are not unlike a confused state of mind – we are disturbed by the mental storms we experience. ‘Breakwater’ is somehow a misleading term. Water never breaks; waves never vanish. Instead, they slowed down and worn out. The sound of waves becomes more frequent, yet softer, gentler; their power is weakened. A breakwater is similar to breathing. While anxious thoughts are not dispelled if we focus on our breath, the space and energy originally consumed by our anxieties gradually be replaced by the action – providing us with a buffer. By continuing inhales and exhales, we might able to take a more precise look at each of the waves: think about where they come from, how strong and loud they are, where they are descending to and how the next one arrives… Focusing on our breath helps us return to the present. But the problems we face at work, in our lives, cannot be resolved simply. Yet, it is possible for our mind gets clearer and sharper within a split second. Just stubbornness keeps problems around – they have nowhere to retreat to. The breakwater, as an analogy, allows us to visualize and hear how the current ebbs and flows. Inhaling deeply might let us find a substitute, realizing how our thoughts come and how we can make them go.

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