Year: 2024 Type: Travelling Exhibition

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BREATHING CORAL is an aesthetic journey into a macroscopic underwater world of coral existence and silent extinction. 

In a close collaboration with international coral researchers, visual artist and documentary filmmaker Maja Friis has used macro optics to discover distinctive personas in coral species and to pass on stories about slow life, transformation and extinction from a place, which the naked eye can’t reach. BREATHING CORAL is a video and sound installation that creates a sensitive portrait of the planet’s disappearing coral individuals.

The corals have been filmed over several weeks. This thorough process has made it possible to follow their circadian daily rhythm and capture each animal’s unique personality and distinctive behaviours – as well as visually capturing responses to climate change stressors that haven’t been detected and captured in real time before.

The work is created in close collaboration with an international team of coral scientists: Michael Kühl, professor at the University of Copenhagen, Postdoc Elena Bollati, post.doc Cesar Pacherres, PhD Gabriel Ferreira and Post.doc Tom Schlesinger.

Charlotte Ammundsens Plads 3
1359 København K

Opening hours:
Friday 16th March
16.00 – 21.00

Saturday 17th March
09.00 – 22.00



Science café
Friday 16th march 15.00 – 16.00

In collaboration with GLOBE, University of Copenhagen, we invite you to join us for an informal conversation about research communication and the intersection between science and art.

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Dronningemaen 30
5700 Svendborg

23. march – 9th of april


Coral Corner everyday at 11.00

Opening hours:
Everyday: 9.00-16.00

Allegade 2
3000 Helsingør

Monday – Friday 10.00 – 18.00
Saturday – Sunday 10.00 – 16.00

Meet the Scientists
Monday & Wednesday 10.00 – 11.00
Tuesday & Thursday 15.00 – 16.00
Saturday 20th April 11.00 – 12.30 & 14.00 – 15.30
Sunday 21st April 11.00 – 12.30 & 14.00 – 15.30

Thursday 18th April 17.00 – 19.00

Den Svenske Sømandskirke
Hirtshals Kulturhus
Breathing Coral – Behind the Scenes
Thursday 23rd May 17.00 – 17.15
Friday 24th May 10.00 – 10.15 & 15.00 – 15.15
Saturday 25th May 10.00 – 10.15 & 11.00 – 11.15
Kunst og videnskab i samspil
Maja Friis in conversation with Jan Falkentoft
Learn scene
Friday 24th May 18.30-19.15
Havnegade 6
5500 Middelfart



Behind the Scenes of Breathing Coral
Thursday 29th August 12.00 – 12.15 & 14.00 – 14.15
Friday 30th August 12.00 – 12.15 – special with biologist Rikke Vesterlund
Friday 30th August 16.00 – 16.15
Saturday 31st of August 12.00 – 12.15
Gothersgade 55
1123 København K



Visual artist: Maja Friis
Scientists: Michael Kühl, Elena Bollati, Cesar Pacherres, Gabriel Ferreira, Tom Schlesinger
Cinematographer, Denmark: Anders Nydam, Brian Curt Pedersen
Cinematographer, Israel: Tom Schlesinger
Construction of scenography: Morten Just Hansen
Composer and sounddesign: Martin Dirkov
Text and poem: Pernille Kaufmann
Colorist: Anders Vadgaard Christensen
Producer: Sofie Mønster

Thanks to

Forskningens Døgn
Ministry of Higher Education and Science
Department of Biology, Copenhagen University
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Carlsberg Foundation

Breathing Coral is supported by