In its fundamental role to bind the human being to life and nature, the figurative meaning of b r e a t h i n g has transitive and transformative qualities. It is inspired by a multicultural approach to wellbeing, and it effects a plurality of approaches to ways in which meanings are generated.
Breathing is an act that is life-giving and life-sustaining, but we might also see it as an expression of an irreducible self; ‘breath as personhood’. In exploring the multiple planes of b r e a t h i n g in artistic productions, the contributors to the Autumn Volume of Dandelion consider many expressions of personhood and its invocations: thus activating the agile and supple sensibilities of breathing both as a verb, in the continuous present, and as a concept.
Through the critical reflections brought together in this issue, and beyond them — in the films, art installations, sculptures, drawings, paintings, histories, writings, videos and photographs on which they draw — Dandelion seeks to invoke a meditative journey, and a dynamic and affective encounter
with b r e a t h i n g.
Keywords: breath, Dandelion, personhood, affective
How to Cite: Valente, D & Turner, J . (2018) “Editorial”, Dandelion: Postgraduate Arts Journal and Research Network. 9(1). doi: 10.16995/ddl.694