[ _ ] |{ _____ }
Performance, Moving Image, Installation
Nov 2019

Performed at Schlacthaus Club on 15/11/2019 as part of Generate! Festival
for Electronic and Performance Art in Tübingen, Germany
A performance exploring the beauty and tension of interspecies relation and negotiation of the performative human / nonhuman body. In a dark subterranean space, a performer ritualistically changes water for a sfx jellyfish by moving it using a small fishbowl in between water of slightly varying salinities in a row of seven small acrylic tanks. During certain intervals succumbing to entanglement and destruction, organic derivatives slowly take its place, evoking different stages and problematics of biomaterial transmutation beyond the boundaries of life and death. The process is analysed and recorded underwater with a hydrophone recording device. 
An inquiry into acclimatisation, precarity, anthropocentric ethics, dominion, and the loss of agency through the visceral and abjection of the performative human / nonhuman body and the subtleties of violence within. As the visual presentation of the row of cuboid water tanks recalls the structural compartmentalisation of the train and of the society, the gesture of moving the jellyfish that is ongoing and repeated in aquariums, domestic spaces, the institutional spaces of museums, etc. features a certain form of transgression against the compartmentalisation, and yet the act of making this transgression is rife with precarity and with life at stake.

Acrylic, Gelatine, Refractometer, Reverse Osmosis Saltwater, 
Latex Infusion Tubes, Fabric, Silicone, Aquarium Equipment, Hydrophone, Monitor
Aquatic footages filmed at SEA LIFE London Aquarium​​​​​​​
Featuring sound by Lennart Wolter

Photos by Vyvyan L., Annika Ott, and Bella Liu

Performance at Generate! Festival 2019, Tübingen, Germany
Film stills