Pneuma is a Video art artwork that takes its viewers along an enigmatic voyage through uncharted territory. Its four scenes correspond with four stages of perception and sensation that were recorded in the artist’s consciousness while practicing techniques such as breathwork and rebreathing, and the analogy aims to evoke a similar emotions and experiences in the viewers as they are lead towards profound realms of the mind by means of artistic tools.
The word Panuma (πνεῦμα) in ancient Greek can mean wind, breath, spirit and vitality. Many languages and cultures have a word or route that combine air/wind, life/vitality, and spirit/soul meanings.
Such a connection can be found in the biblical creation story “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7); as well as in the Greek mythology where Prometheus shaped man out of mud and had Athena breathe life into his clay figures. This link between meanings and concepts is also evident in Greek Philosophy. Pre-Socratic Monistic Greek philosopher Anaximenes, for example, considers air to be the source (arche, ἀρχή) element from which, through rarefaction and condensation, all natural occurrences are formed. Air for Aristotle is one of four elements, and Pneuma is the life-giving power and the vital principal in all that lives.
Directed by Eyal (Israel)