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Four performances built from a chorus of breath collected across Tower Hamlets

person stood recording breath of a person sat in chair in a park
Immersion recording workshop in Tower Hamlets. Photo by Bettina Adela

Immersion is a collaboration between Selina Thompson, the People of Tower Hamlets and the Air they Breathe.

Over the course of one day, we will play four recorded ‘exhalations’, each in a different park at the North, South, East and West of Tower Hamlets.

The sound, built of a chorus of breath gathered across the borough, will be a moment of cleansing, taking a sound we’re surrounded by and tuning into its beauty at a time when breathing has never felt so loaded.

Each exhale will be accompanied by a choral performance that amplifies, strengthens and, honours the borough’s defiant history and pushes back against the confines of gentrification and climate catastrophe. 

It’s a moment to remember the sacredness of air, of living in a constant cycle of dependence, transformation and respiration with the planet and each other.

It’s a reminder for us to remember what it is to breathe.

Download the map of performance locations across Tower Hamlets

Part of What Shall We Build Here, Artsadmin’s festival of art, climate and community from 8-12 September.

The performances take place outdoors.
Read the safety measures we have in place. 
Our safety measures remain unchanged since 19 July and we are committed to an inclusive reopening.

Immersion is one of the commissions for Season for Change, a UK-wide cultural programme inspiring urgent and inclusive action on climate change, delivered in partnership by Artsadmin and Julie’s Bicycle.

This project is supported by ACT (Art, Climate, Transition) through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, the Foundation for Future London and City of London, and Arts Council England through Season for Change. 

Date and time

10 September 2021
11am, 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Free. Audiences can book to attend one, several or all performances.
Performance duration: 20 minutes

Please note
This is now a past event.


Four locations across Tower Hamlets:
11am at Victoria Park (west side, enter via St Agnes' Gate or Gore Gate)
2pm at East India Dock Basin, E14 9QS
5pm at Island Gardens, E14 3EB
8pm at Toynbee Studios, E1 6AB
Download the map for exact locations.