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The Joy of Fish

Ran Ren

Barrierefreier Zugang Barrierefreie Toilette
28 June 2024 19:00 – 30 June 2024 19:00
<The Joy of Fish> is a media-installation made by a 90 degree built screen and sound track.The image attempts to make up a facial expression for aquarium fish in the way of human being’s binocular vision and make eye contact between aquarium fish and us from human sense. It starts from a debate <Do we know the Joy of fish?> of Chuang Tzu and Hui Tzu from ancient Chinese Taoist philosophy:
Chuang Tzu and Hui Tzu were strolling along the dam of the Hao River when Chuang Tzu said,
"See how the minnows come out and dart around where they please! That's what fish really enjoy!"
Hui Tzu said,
"You're not a fish - how do you know what fish enjoy?"
Chuang Tzu said,
"You're not I, so how do you know I don't know what fish enjoy?"
Hui Tzu said,
"I'm not you, so I certainly don't know what you know. On the other hand, you're certainly not a fish - so that still proves you don't know what fish enjoy!"
Chuang Tzu said,
"Let's go back to your original question, please. You asked me how I know what fish enjoy - so you already knew I knew it when you asked the question. I know it by standing here beside the Hao."
—— < Chuang Tzu · Autumn Floods >
This debate is one of the most important discourse of Taoist “Qiwu齐物”(Discourse on Corresponding Things or Essay on Seeing Things as Equal).
Based on the concept of “Qiwu齐物”, re-think how to review the subjectivity of animals which be seen as a sort of "object" exist in urban space. In other words or in western terms, review a relationship between human being and non-human being.Reflecting on the aquarium as a public landscape, how to understand it from an ethical perspective as a "voiceless" element in urban space——outside but inside of human space, outside of human voice but always within—— as an urban silence.

Biography

Ran Ren

Ran Ren/ 任冉, was born in 1997 in China, now doing master in Berlin University of Arts, major in Art and Media, focus on media installation and experimental film. In her current work, she tries to inquire the Subjectivity of the “Object” in an othering space through Chinese Taoist philosophy, reflecting on the underlying hierarchy at the viewing level between Self and other, and the possibility of role interchange between Subject and Object. Simultaneously, in the respect of artistic form, she tries to break through the traditional way of watching and create an anti-immersive situation.

Venue

Lohmühlenbrücke
12045 Berlin
Germany

Lohmühlenbrücke

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