With Intubated, I wanted to respond to the sense of desensitisation that pervades society, particularly in response to mass casualties and crisis. We often think that bad things happen to other people, not to us, until the day comes when we realise each number represents another life, another family, another person.
The room is intimate, quiet, reflective after the chaotic process of ‘going under’. The battle is now being fought in digital numbers and dials, and punctuated with the soft swoosh of the ventilator. The perspective has shifted from remote numbers read out at press conferences to an inside glimpse at our own fragile mortality when a crisis hits home.