designated breathing zone:
public breathing practices

Public Art Project


Budapest, Hungary


Most of the time, our muscles move automatically to direct air into and out of our lungs, to facilitate breathing. Other times we consciously focus on these movements in order to relax, meditate, or reach out for air when we have run out of it.


Being aware of our breathing has crucial benefits both physically and mentally, especially in a time when it is put at risk due to respiratory diseases caused by a threatening level of air pollution or viruses such as covid-19.


Designating Breathing Zone: Public Breathing Practices is a collection of emotional self-regulation and relaxation techniques: practical physical-mental exercises that make it easier to breathe, to connect to our environment, and to create a safe, calm emotional zone.


The project was organized by PLACCC Festival and supported by IN SITU, the European platform for artistic creation in public space, in the frame of the project (UN)COMMON SPACES, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.


Camera: Balázs Kristóf Németh