Breathe tells the story of Flo, who has the ability to talk to ghosts. As Flo struggles to communicate with her mother, Clara, who died when she was a young girl, other voices keep interrupting. As these ghosts disrupt Flo’s search for Clara, they recognise the readers’ surroundings and begin to haunt the reader in the same way as they haunt Flo.
Breathe is a literary experience delivered through your smartphone that responds to your presence by internalising the world around you. Using APIs — application programming interfaces — the story leverages data about you, including place, weather, time, in order to create an experience that is personal and uncanny.
Created in collaboration with Editions at Play, which is itself a collaboration between Google Creative Lab Sydney and London-based publisher Visual Editions, this browser-based book for mobile phones is accessible wherever readers have wifi.
(This book is best experienced on your mobile device.)
Kate Pullinger is novelist and digital writer. Her novel for smartphones, Jellybone, was published in 2017. Her novel The Mistress of Nothing, won Canada’s 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. In 2014, she adapted her collaborative work of digital multimedia, Flight Paths: A Networked Novel (2007), co-created with Chris Joseph, as the novel Landing Gear, which was longlisted for Canada Reads. Also in 2014, she created the digital war memorial, Letter to an Unknown Soldier, with Neil Bartlett; 22,000 members of the public wrote letters to the soldier. Her project Inanimate Alice has also won numerous prizes; 2016 saw the launch of Inanimate Alice: Episode Six — The Last Gas Station as well as a teachers’ edition of the first five episodes, and 2018 will see the launch of a virtual reality episode, Perpetual Nomads. Kate Pullinger is Director of the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries at Bath Spa University where her primary research interest is in practice-based research on the intersection of fiction and technology, and hybrid collaborative digital forms. http://www.