Saudades (2014) is a transhuman artifact that remotely
emulates the breathing moviments of a far away bedfellow.
While I inhale and exhale in Brazil André, my boyfriend,
can feel me through this pillow that goes up and down, in Lisbon.
The word saudades (form portuguese) refers to a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves.
Some specialists say the word may have originated during the Great Portuguese Discoveries, giving meaning to the sadness felt about those who departed on journeys to unknown seas and disappeared in shipwrecks, died in battle, or simply never returned.
Infact, the distance or remoteness of someone you love can cause psychological effects on the body and trigger reactions ranging sense of anguish to the development of a depressive framework*.
*Bell, A. F. (1912) In Portugal. London and New York: The Bodley Head. Quoted in Emmons, Shirlee and Wilbur Watkins Lewis (2006) Researching the Song: A Lexicon. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, p. 402.