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Selina Thompson

the neck and chest of a person with gold lungs drawn on
Immersion, Selina-Thompson. Photo by Bettina Adela

“Breath is not invisible to those for whom breathing is difficult”

Immersion is a collaboration between Selina Thompson, the People of Tower Hamlets and the Air they Breathe. For one evening, four groups of self-appointed Custodians of Air will stand facing the North, South, East and West of Tower Hamlets, playing the sounds of breathing out into the night.

Built from a chorus of breath collected in parks and spaces across the borough, the sound is a moment of cleansing and defiance, taking a sound we are surrounded by and tuning into its beauty at a time when breathing has never felt so loaded.

Immersion culminates in choral performances across Tower Hamlets and at Artsadmin’s Toynbee Studios, amplifying and strengthening the sound, and tuning in to the defiance of borough’s history.
It is a moment to remember the sacredness of air, of living in a constant cycle of inhalation, transformation and exhalation with the planet and each other.
It is a pushing back against the tickled throat, black snot and bitter aftertaste of ULEZ.
It is a reminder that we cannot solve the decimation of our planet until we solve the gentrification and pollution of our cities.
It is a reminder for us to remember what it is to breathe.

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 Title Venue City
10 September 2021 Immersion Four locations across Tower Hamlets: London
18–21 May 2016 A Nation's Theatre - Selina Thompson: Race Cards Toynbee Studios
13 April 2013 SPILL Pat It and Prick It and Mark It with 'B' | Selina Thompson National Theatre Studio London
the neck and chest of a person with gold lungs drawn on
Immersion, Selina-Thompson. Photo by Bettina Adela