Breathe in, breathe out
The British Library
30 June – 26 November 2023
A project with Simon Leach Design
Curated by Eva del Rey and The British Library
Exhibition build by Standard8
Photography by David Sudlow Designers and Simon Leach Design
This is the first of three installations at the British Library testing new ways of showcasing the library’s collections. Breathe in, breathe out is a soothing soundscape specially curated by Eva del Rey and mixed by Gosha Shtasel. It features an eclectic selection of audio from the library’s sound archive, ranging from spoken word and poetry to music, birdsong and crashing waves. It is conceived as an oasis of melodic calm at the heart of the Treasures Gallery, for visitors to experience sound in new ways.
The installation is a space within a space. The structure has openings on three sides for people to flow in and out. The inner walls are lined in cork and the graphic design around the outer walls is designed to provide context and intrigue. The colours and typography are a visual response to the soundscape and the setting, exploring concepts of hidden grids, scale and rhythm in sound and vision.