Kate Binnie (yoga practitioner and music therapist and University of Bristol honorary staff)
Kate studied Music and English Literature at Newcastle University and then worked as an agent in the classical music industry for eight years. She went on to study Music Therapy at the University of Bristol and is just completing her MSc in Palliative Care at King’s College London for which she won a scholarship to research mind/body therapies and pain. She is also a qualified Mindful Yoga teacher, and brings these techniques into her work with patients suffering from anxiety, breathlessness and pain. She works clinically as a Music and Yoga Therapist in Oxford in two hospices and at Maggie’s cancer centre.
Prof. Tim Cole (University of Bristol)
Tim is interested in historical landscapes, with a particular focus on Holocaust landscape. His research on the Holocaust includes examining the implementation of the Holocaust in Hungary, particularly the spatiality of ghettoization and social histories of the Holocaust. He is also interested in contemporary representations of the Holocaust, especially within memorial and museum space.
Dr. Kate Elswit (Researcher)
Kate is Reader in Theatre and Performance at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her research on performing bodies combines dance history, performance studies theory, cultural studies, and experimental practice. She recently undertook an artistic residency in the Respiratory Unit of Southmead Hospital as part of her larger collaboration Breath Catalogue, which combines choreographic methods with medical technology to externalize breath as experience.
Dr Phil Horky (Durham University)
Phillip Horky is a Classicist and Philosopher who teaches at Durham University. He works on ancient philosophy and intellectual history. His interest in ancient approaches to ‘breath’ has taken him far away from his comfort zone, into Early Christian and Jewish theology and ancient medical humanities (especially Galen). He has been awarded fellowships at Stanford University, Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies, and the National Humanities Center.
Justin Parsons (British Lung Foundation)
Justin works at the British Lung Foundation as a Service Development Manager covering the South West and South Central regions. He works to influence positive change in respiratory services and seeks to integrate the patient perspective into this process.
Dr David Swann (Sheffield Hallam University)
David is the Subject Group Leader for Product Design at Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield Hallam University. The centre of gravity of David’s design research is global healthcare challenges. His award-winning innovations have been exhibited internationally and form part of the permanent collections of several museums. David’s current project, LifeHacket, in association with Kos Solidarity (a current Nobel peace prize nominee), seeks to transform thousands of abandoned life vests into a trio of products for the island’s refugee community: a backpack, a pillow and a belt.
Dr Megan Wainwright (University of Cape Town and Durham University)
Megan is a medical anthropologist from Quebec, Canada. She worked on the Life of Breath project in the early phase of grant proposal development before taking-up a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences, School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town where she is researching the phenomenology and macro-politics of long-term oxygen therapy in South Africa and Uruguay.
Dr Veronika Williams (Oxford University)
Veronika is a qualitative researcher with a background in respiratory nursing. Her research interests focus on patient experiences of ageing, long-term conditions and health care services, particularly digital health. Much of her research has focused on patient experiences of living with a chronic respiratory condition and digital interventions to support their self-management.
Jayne Wilton (Artist)
Jayne specialises in visualising breath. She uses a wide range of traditional and non-traditional approaches including darkroom processes with drawing, photography, video and sound to capture the usually invisible trace of breath as it moves across a surface. During 2014 she was awarded an Arts Council Grant to work with Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to visualise the breath of staff and patients with COPD which led to a solo exhibition entitled Breathe.
Dr Toby Young (Somerville College, Oxford University and University of Bristol honorary staff)
Toby Young is a composer and researcher from London. Since studying with Robin Holloway at Cambridge, his music has been performed by ensembles and orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra and many choirs including Westminster Abbey and the BBC Singers. Toby is also a college lecturer at Oxford, and frequently writes for TEMPO, Popular Music and Gramophone, specialising in creativity and aesthetics. His works are published by Faber Music.