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Abstract

In my article I investigate the role of technologies for the rising of atmospheres. To this extent, I focus my analysis on Third Breath, an imposing architectural installation at Zentrum für Internationale Lichtkunst di Unna (Germany) realized by the American artist James Turrell, who was one of the founders of the Light and Space movement. I describe Turrell’s artwork such as a walk-through within several atmospheres, in which emerges the sensible relationship between the material configurations of the technologies deployed by the American artist and the bodily sensations affecting visitors’ experience. The atmospheric situation, comprehended as the affective dimension emerging within the space from the encounter between senses and technique, allows to conceive of atmospheres as “media environments”. From this perspective, I consider them emphasizing the connection with some fundamental concepts from the ecology of perception, such as medium and habitat.