'Breathing Games' is a series of high-stake breathing apparatus designed by Rohan Kakad to explore contemporary questions around resource distribution in closed-system environments.
Privatisation and overexploitation of resources are having widespread effects on the Planet.
Humans are physically and mentally unable to cope with the scale of Earth as a system.
Rohan has designed a functioning, adaptable, hygienic, multi-player system which enables participants to consume, store, steal or share resources from each other.
In this system, the air is commodified and competed over as if it were a resource in a free market economy. It is a semi-scientific experiment with broader implications and the capability to catalyse new understandings of resource consumption and distribution.
“This system of shared resources makes for a very useful, interesting and tangible system for cooperative behaviour, especially for limited resources … a lot of times [a social science experiment] is not that convincing for people … what your device can clearly do, is it can put people in a situation where they actually have to care about how much resources they get.”
Dr Bahador Bahrami
Professor of Social Neuroscience
Director of Crowd Cognition Lab
“You have designed is a 'public goods game' using air which is a really novel currency, so there is something really interesting about this.”
Professor Nichola Raihani
Evolution and Behaviour expert
Author or ‘The Social Instinct’