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Raptures of the Deep

(8 November 2017)

Dive into the exhilarating and terrifying world of freediving! Join champion freediver Liv Philip and Durham researchers Rebecca Oxley and Arthur Rose to explore, through films and discussion, how it connects mind, body and breath. This event, which forms part of the 'Being Human Festival' will take place on Thursday, 23 November at 6.30pm in the TESTT Space, 25 North Road, Durham. Organised by the Life of Breath research project, places for the event are free but should be reserved here. Please contact for more information.

Free-divers can seem like super humans. They have extraordinary, seemingly implausible, control over their bodies, particularly their breathing, and offer a fascinating insight into the connection between mind and body. A series of short films featuring record breakers including Johanna Nordblad and Guillaume Néry and our guest Liv Philip, will set the scene. Then we’ll discuss why the experience of losing the breath can both terrifying and exhilarating with champion freediver Liv Philip, artist Emma Critchley and researchers Rebecca Oxley and Arthur Rose.

NB. Access to the venue is via stairs only. Films suitable for adults only (age 16+).

Organised by Life of Breath (, a Wellcome Trust funded research project exploring breathing and breathlessness. 

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