This installation was made in collaboration with the Artist Mathilde Heu and included sound, ceramic sculptures and animation. The work explored ideas of the “self” on both a macro societal level, and a micro biological level.
“..we are rather an array of bodies, many different kinds of them in a nested set of micro biomes” (Bennet, 2010, p.112–113)
These ceramic sculptures have been inspired by the idea of the body as an ecosystem, and as a porous entity. For the past six million years microbes have been evolving alongside humans, we need microbes to stay healthy, and microbes need our bodily environments to survive. The sculptures reference microbe structures when viewed under the electron microscope and have been enlarged in clay to become understandable on a human scale. The sculptures also reflect the notion of the body being porous - a shell for all these other species and one “characterised by a constant exchange between inside and outside, by fluxes and flows, and by its close dependence on the surrounding environment.” (Nash, 2006, p.12)
Bennet J, 2010, Vibrant Matter, Duke University Press, USA
Nash L, 2006, Inescapable Ecologies, University of California, USA