Location: Site specific public actions
Action:Holding my breath while timing myself with a digital wrist watch.
Documentation:Duration times.

Location:Jerusalem Ramallah Street, Ramallah, Palestine
Date:16.12.2002
Duration: 1:29.24

Location:Jerusalem Ramallah Street, Ramallah, Palestine
Date:17.12.2002
Duration:2:04.17

Location:Somewhere in the mountains between Nablus and Azun, Palestine
Date:29.12.2002
Duration:2:29.03

Location:Asmut Check Point, Palestine
Date:01.01.2003
Duration:1:10.44 (interrupted by soldier)

Location:Balata Refugee Camp, Palestine
Date:02.01.2003
Duration:1:29.54

Location:Outside of the US embassy, Havana, Cuba
Date:27.04.2005
Duration:0:41.23

Location:Hasankeyef, Kurdistan/Turkey
Date:23.06.2005
Duration:2:03.53

Location:PASHK Headquarters, undisclosed location, Kandil Mountains, Kurdistan
Date:06.07.2005
Duration: 1:33.73

“Don’t hold your breath,” is a common saying in the US if you’re waiting for something that most likely will never happen. This piece stemmed from a growing hopelessness I felt in the “Holy Land”, which grew to encompass Politically charged areas.
I stand in a pubic area holding my breath, timing the duration with a cheap Casio digital watch attached to my wrist. If anyone approaches, I use appropriate signals to indicate that I am holding my breath.
This action is a small gesture of my inability to create a world change. For the viewers, this piece has ranged from absurd humor to hostility. For the Palestinians in the market places it served as a break in the routine of their day, making them laugh; for the soldiers at checkpoints or security guards this activity was deemed abnormal and regarded as a possible threat. The significance of holding ones breath is a universal gesture exemplifying our human nature: breathing equals life. The less freedom we experience the more we are strangled.

Location: Site specific public actions
Action:Holding my breath while timing myself with a digital wrist watch.
Documentation:Duration times.

Location:Jerusalem Ramallah Street, Ramallah, Palestine
Date:16.12.2002
Duration: 1:29.24

Location:Jerusalem Ramallah Street, Ramallah, Palestine
Date:17.12.2002
Duration:2:04.17

Location:Somewhere in the mountains between Nablus and Azun, Palestine
Date:29.12.2002
Duration:2:29.03

Location:Asmut Check Point, Palestine
Date:01.01.2003
Duration:1:10.44 (interrupted by soldier)

Location:Balata Refugee Camp, Palestine
Date:02.01.2003
Duration:1:29.54

Location:Outside of the US embassy, Havana, Cuba
Date:27.04.2005
Duration:0:41.23

Location:Hasankeyef, Kurdistan/Turkey
Date:23.06.2005
Duration:2:03.53

Location:PASHK Headquarters, undisclosed location, Kandil Mountains, Kurdistan
Date:06.07.2005
Duration: 1:33.73

“Don’t hold your breath,” is a common saying in the US if you’re waiting for something that most likely will never happen. This piece stemmed from a growing hopelessness I felt in the “Holy Land”, which grew to encompass Politically charged areas.
I stand in a pubic area holding my breath, timing the duration with a cheap Casio digital watch attached to my wrist. If anyone approaches, I use appropriate signals to indicate that I am holding my breath.
This action is a small gesture of my inability to create a world change. For the viewers, this piece has ranged from absurd humor to hostility. For the Palestinians in the market places it served as a break in the routine of their day, making them laugh; for the soldiers at checkpoints or security guards this activity was deemed abnormal and regarded as a possible threat. The significance of holding ones breath is a universal gesture exemplifying our human nature: breathing equals life. The less freedom we experience the more we are strangled.