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Paul Chan: Rhi Anima

Rhi Anima features a new body of work Chan calls “breathers.” The breathers are both sculptural works and moving images. Each breather is composed of a fabric “body” designed by Chan and attached to one or more specially modified fans. Incorporating techniques that combine fashion design, patternmaking, drawing, and physics, Chan manipulates how the breathers move by composing the internal architecture of the bodies so that they are capable of exploiting the airflow and air pressure from the fans to create different kinds of “motion.” Simply by how they are shaped and sewn, the breathers can be animated and choreographed in ways unlike anything Chan has created so far. They are physical animations—moving images in all three dimensions.

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