Re forming 《 I 》
Mixed media Installation: Animation material created by GAN Technology, print
Video time : 43min39s
"COVID-19 Crisis & Amabie" in Kadokawa Culture Museum,Saitama
We are told that our excrement is a piece of detached body cells.
The food we take by mouth is not just consumed like gasoline, nor does it just pass through our bodies like a car driving through a tunnel.
Once they are absorbed into our bodies, they are transformed into the cells that make up our bodies.
Eventually, those old cells are peeled off and excreted out of the body.
In other words, our excrement is something that used to be me until the moment I excreted it; in other words, it is a little corpse of me.
Molecular biologist Shinichi Fukuoka calls the state of our life, in which cells are constantly being replaced in a fluid state, "dynamic equilibrium.
This probably does not mean that the "I" that already exists is in a constant state of dynamic equilibrium, but rather that it is in a state of continuous movement and transition, and that "I" is the name for this phenomenon.
I" does not exist, but "I" is a phenomenon.
If this is so, what is the contour of the phenomenon of "I"?
Where is the abyss of the contour?
How long will excrement remain "I"?
When does food become "I"?
How long will I be "me"?
How long have I been "me"?
The mirror image of "I" is indistinct to no end, and it is not even clear to what extent I am inside and what extent I am outside.
So, at the very least, I would like to retrace its tangled and broken outlines over and over again.
I would like to imaginatively redraw the outlines of things that are "me" but are not "me" as if they were superimposed on this small and narrow body.
Again and again.
Again and again, with vague, lame lines.
© 2023 Maki Ohkojima