Lauren Brincat: 'When do I breathe?'

The event is free-of-charge and public audiences are invited to join the walk and experience this one-time special event.

When do I breathe? by award-winning artist Lauren Brincat (please see her bio below), will be a free public event shaping new paths through the streets and connecting communities in collaborative action.

Join us at UNSW's Scientia Lawn with a procession moving through the streets at sunset. A large fabric sculpture will provide a connective thread that links participants and the broader community and audiences will witness orchestrated harmonies, including breath and movement.

When do I breathe? is the result of a year-long engagement with local communities by this celebrated artist who has previously worked in collaboration with Sydney Dance Company at Sydney Opera House and at Carriageworks for the Biennale of Sydney. Lauren Brincat’s work is also represented in the collections of leading institutions across the country, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. 

This major new work has been created in collaboration with sound artist, Evelyn Ida Morris; UNSW Choral Director, Sonia Maddock; and choreographer, Charmene Yap and includes 30 community members who will perform within the procession.

For visitors travelling to the Precinct, Lauren Brincat’s sunset procession can be easily accessed via Light Rail. Scientia lawn is nearby the UNSW stop on the L2 Randwick Line or via a short walk from the NIDA stop on the Kensington Line.

Please note that this tour will be videoed, and by registering, you give permission to be filmed as part of an artwork and documentation, as well as digital communications related to the project.

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To register, please visit this link

This initiative is funded by Transport for NSW’s Safer Cities program, which is investing $30 million over two years to help improve perceptions of safety in our cities and towns, particularly for women, girls and gender diverse people.

Proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Transport for NSW and Create NSW.


Lauren Brincat (Western Syd­ney, Aus­tralia 1980) works with performance, video, installation and sculpture to explore movement, music, and rhythm. She often creates site responsive work that probes his­tor­i­cal rup­tures and fail­ures of lan­guage, integrating local communities while exploring non-ver­bal modes of expres­sion through the use of sound sculptures and performance instruments. 

In Brincat’s videos, she often per­forms in rel­a­tive soli­tude. In such works, she push­es her phys­i­cal and cog­ni­tive lim­its, fol­low­ing rule-based actions. Her ‘walk­ing pieces’ occur in vast­ly dif­fer­ent con­texts, from emp­ty fields, to busy urban sites, and the ocean. Other video works take the form of doc­u­ment­ed and often repet­i­tive actions. Col­lab­o­ra­tion is an impor­tant part of Brin­cat’s prac­tice; featuring per­cus­sion­ists, archi­tects, sci­en­tists, chore­o­g­ra­phers, eques­tri­an rid­ers and indige­nous horse whis­per­ers. Her use of fabric is intended to symbolize social cohesion, akin to a metaphorical social fabric, she experiments with different ways it interacts with body, space, and gender.