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Moving image, installation Single-channel video, 6’29” https://v-l-y.io/in-vitro-avi https://v-l-y.io/in-vitro https://v-l-y.io/in-vitro-performance A moving image piece exploring the beauty and tension of interspecies relation and negotiation of the performative human / nonhuman body. In a dark subterranean space in the year 2135 on…

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Moving image, installation
Single-channel video, 6’29”

https://v-l-y.io/in-vitro-avi

https://v-l-y.io/in-vitro
https://v-l-y.io/in-vitro-performance

A moving image piece exploring the beauty and tension of interspecies relation and negotiation of the performative human / nonhuman body. In a dark subterranean space in the year 2135 on a distorted timeline as a result of excessive time leaps, plagued by existential ennui, a character finds solace in a thought experiment consisting of ritualistically changing the water for a jellyfish by moving it using a small fishbowl among water of slightly varying salinities in a row of seven small acrylic tanks (as SFX prop jellyfish are used, no life forms were harmed during the production). 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.

Integrating performance documentation, fictional narratives, and found footage from documentaries on aquaculture and oceanic life, the piece is an inquiry into acclimatisation, precarity, anthropocentric ethics, dominion, and the loss of agency through the visceral and abject 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 with precarity and life at stake.

Direction・Cinematography・Art Direction・Editing ・Colour Grading | Vy L.
Performance documentation | Sian Hedberg
Filmed at 13festivalen 2020 in Gothenburg, Sweden

“N16 Drift”︎
Performed by Bliss Signal
Written and produced by Bliss Signal
Published by True Panther Records
Licensed courtesy of True Panther Records

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