tom hackett: sculpture life support

Thirty constructed butyl rubber air sacs were installed in an arterial exhibition space at Edinburgh College of art. Each sac had a separate air donor who maintained its air pressure through blowing into an inflation tube. Notions of mass collective caring and

a societal need for a visibly shown interpersonal dependence, are explored through the hospital ward imagery.


Each donor recorded their inflations and top ups on a quasi medical chart. Intermittent pink and blue light sources were installed along the chamber to create an implication of underlying viscerality.


Commissioned by Edinburgh College of Art Gallery.