For more than 20 years, the Swiss Escape Clinic in Schöftland has been successfully treating opiate dependency in patients who have sometimes traveled from far abroad for a scheduled withdrawal. The private clinic has now decided to exhibit and utilize a specific kind of artwork, designedly placed in the guests‘ lounge: a breathing picture by the Swiss artist Stan Adard. Breathing pictures are a new, digital art form. At first glance, they look like conventional abstract paintings. The more consciously and quietly one contemplates them, however, the more a gentle movement reveals itself—a movement which mimics the rhythmic breathing of the viewer.
Breathing pictures are abstract, digital paintings to which the dimension of time has been added. This addition allows amorphous shapes to move, which Adard then uses for the gentle implementation of various respiratory rhythms.
The primary allure of this work lies in how a digital painting is inserted into a context where the viewer, passing by, initially perceives only an ordinary, static image. It takes a moment of rest to recognize the movements in the object of observation. After a short while, the viewer can adjust his or her own breath to the breathing pattern of the picture. Doing this, the breath becomes calmer and the digital painting can be experienced in its many facets. These works offer an intense visual experience, transcending the possibilities present in more conventional images.
Stan Adard lives with his wife in Solothurn Kienberg. He studied social pedagogy and social psychology in Zurich. In the early 1980s, he took advantage of the burgeoning market for home computers to build a software company, which he sold in 2014. During these years, in the context of the demanding IT industry, he learned the importance of conscious breathing for a positive, well-balanced life.
In addition to his studies in Far Eastern meditation, Adard started to work with software that generates three-dimensional environments. Knowledge of the breath, and the ability to create three-dimensional, animated objects, have combined in the creation of breathing pictures. These breathing pictures have already been attracting international attention, most notably in the U.S.
For Adard, conscious breathing, increased awareness, and art are intimately linked. The artist is delighted by the request of Escape Clinic to install a breathing picture in the meeting room. “As much as any private living room, a hospital provides an excellent environment for receiving the full impact of these digital mentors,“ he says. „I’m looking forward to seeing how people in troubled circumstances will react to the pictures.“
Fabian Stucki, Operative Director of the clinic against opiate dependence, is also attracted by the concept and the design of the works: „These images fit perfectly in our hospital. They bring a unique atmosphere of tranquility into our meeting room. “
The Escape Clinic, founded in 1996, specializes in a fast, gentle, and discreet egress from opiate addiction. In addition to providing an individually-structured withdrawal program that includes follow-up care, the clinic attaches great importance to maintaining a pleasant environment for its local and international guests.
Bosch, Beiersdorf and Axpo (a big Swiss energy company) accompany their transformation into agile companies with executive training programs for mindfulness. After initial skepticism, the majority of the trainees are positive.
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For many of us, relaxation means zoning out in front of the TV at the end of a stressful day. But this does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress. To effectively combat stress, we need to activate the body’s natural relaxation response. The “Relaxation Response” was discovered and coined by AIS Founding Trustee and Fellow, Dr. Herbert Benson. The relaxation response is a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress (e.g., decreases in heart rate, blood pressure, rate of breathing, and muscle tension).
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Place an image in the entrance area of your company or in a place where there are as many employees as possible. The sheer presence of the image will cause your employees to pause for a moment to see the respiratory movement.
With appropriate instructions your employees understand that it is important to adjust your own breath for a brief moment to the picture. And this makes them aware of their breathing.
If you have more space available, or your design concept allows it, a complete wall with a breathing picture is just the right thing. We support you in setting up and realizing the project.
In 2015, Forbes Magazine reported on stress-health connection studies headlined “Workplace Stress Responsible For Up To $190B In Annual U.S. Healthcare Costs.”
Long and late work hours, high intensity work, the need to manage across borders, unprecedented rates of change caused by technology and organization, and many other forces have a tremendous impact on employees. Thus, companies of any size have recognized that employee health and motivation are important cost factors in running their businesses.
“It’s high time companies start giving back to their employees – and we’re not referring to a plate of cookies or stale croissants every other year.” Abigail Thorpe, Greatist.com, Oct. 2015
Doctors, dentists, and lawyers can easily counter clients’ anxieties by installing breathing pictures in waiting rooms.
Conscious breathing has a direct impact on emotional control. In Psychology Today (2013/04), Dr. Emma Seppälä notes that breathing is a powerful tool for calming the mind.
“We have an intuitive understanding that the breath can regulate our mind and emotions. Most of us have either told others or been told ourselves to ‘take a deep breath’ when things got challenging. One of the reasons why breathing can change how we feel is that emotions and breathing are closely connected.”
A research study by Pierre Phillipot revealed that different emotional states are characterized by distinct respiration patterns.
However, because breathing happens automatically, many of us don’t give it as much attention as it deserves, nor have we learned to harness its full potential in calming our minds.
A breathing picture acts as a mentor that reminds you to breathe consciously in a calming pattern.
Stan Adard works with high end 3D modeling and rendering software to create his artwork. Each breathing picture consists of a series of individual frames that are brought together as an animation.
Depending on the artwork, a single breathing picture is based on several hundred to several thousand single frames. The flow is ensured by a specially developed videoloop device.
A breathing picture consists of
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