Strange Cohabitation, 2021, ceramics and video, (photo Credit: Femke Reijerman)
Realised in Collaboration with EKWC
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strange cohabitation



Even though things are silent,
The wind blows and the cloud flows low above the green grass.


Trace of the life was told by those who held their breath,
Tingling voice and sparkling shadow
Through the window.


I fold the life neatly and put it in the screen.


Although people inside the black mirror are talking, eating and dancing,
I am sitting at the end of the list,
Hiding a messy room behind the green screen,
And a tired face behind the initial.


Here I am.


You and I are not responsible to honesty.
The fact makes me relieved,
And the fact makes me lonely.
It is an epidemic.


Life is told by those who hardly breathe
Through the window of the PC.


There I am, therefore I am.




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There is a strange cohabitation of the digital and physical realm inside contemporary humans. The project is based on the research on connection and fragmentation happening in digital experiences, especially in cultures where individuals share their daily lives. How can we handle the simultaneous sense of satisfaction and loneliness that we feel while watching and becoming an image, data, or bit on the screen? The study is presented with a ceramic screen house which embodies both hard and fragile physicality. And the digital body inhabits there in the form of a projected image. The screen and image are edited, rearranged, and distorted like one's life crossing the inside and outside of the screen. Intertwining and colliding with each other, the screen and image create a new reality that empathizes contemporary mode of existence, thereby bringing about connection and understanding among people living today.




















Mark

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