Analysis Of Guillaume Néry

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There are many layers to the architectural or spatial void, and peak performance of free--diving that hold such bodily creative and transformative potential. French free--diving champion Guillaume Néry can descend to 125 metres and return on a single breath. Combining aesthetics, performance, film and exploration, Néry practices his discipline like an art form, and it has become his way of life. Professionals report that peak performance in static apnea while ‘not breathing underwater’ is achieved when fewer avoidance tactics are used to mitigate or escape threshold moments such as when the body screams for air due to a build up of carbon dioxide in the blood (Pellezarri and Tovaglieri 2004). In mindfulness, awareness and focused concentration, the underwater artist can increase the tolerance of discomfort and reduce anxiety, therefore extending static apnea performance abilities (Housley 2007). Conversely the Taoism of ‘breathing underwater’, the emptiness of the mind is open to the subconscious to examine the self in the reflection of nature as an impartial observer. “Unobstructed movement, involving the whole self, inside and out, draws every part of me, visible and invisible, into the light…this is what is it like to breath underwater, and above water too.” (Emerson 1993: 3). For highly conditioned free-diving professionals like Néry and Pellezarri, the liminal aquatic performance of inhalation versus exhalation, breathing or not breathing, is symptomatically on a par in psychophysical and psycho-ecological terms. Why Aquabatics is not weightlessness: and differs from aero and aerial performance. The embodied performance experience of Aquabatics is particular to activities and perceptions of the body in the aquatic domain ... ... middle of paper ... ...Conference Interactive Entertainment: Matters of Life and Death 24--30. Privette, Gayle (1983) ‘Peak experience, peak performance, and flow: A comparative analysis of positive human experiences.’ In Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 45(6): 1361--1368. Pullen, Kirsten (2010) ‘More than a Mermaid: Ether Williams, Performance, and the Body’, In Women’s Studies: An inter-disciplinary Journal 39(8): 877--900. Ross, Helen E. (1990) ‘Orientation and movement in divers’, In The Perception and Control of Self Motion, eds R. Warren and A.H. Wertheim, Hillsdale: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 463--486. Sarah Jane Pell Online (2014) http://www.sarahjanepell.com accessed 1 June 2014. Sydnor, Synthia (1998) "A history of synchronised swimming." Journal of Sport History, 25: 252--267. White, Frank (1998) The overview effect: Space exploration and human evolution. AIAA.

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