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  • The Opus of Caspar Questel

    The Opus of Caspar Questel
    melbourne AUSTRALIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    vonne YANG & kiet NGUYEN: In the bush, one descends from a state of happiness, to state of survival, to the state of death, during the initial stage, we experience, we wonder, we live with no fear as one descends below the threshold of survival to death, one’s instinct of survival overpowers positivity, and we experience paranoia because of the fear from death. In the Australian bush, all animals, including humans enter a primitive mode of self-preservation on order to survive the harsh environment. We question whether there is a stage after death, in which machine can assist in the undertaking of the dead.

    This is a story to embrace the cycle of life. This scenario is a process of transformation is more than euthanasia, where the notion of appearing and disappearing constantly happens on the Australian outback. It embraces our resistance of the fragility of life through the fragility of the construct in combination of different junctions created by this skeletal structure. This is a place where the carcasses and the construct decay together.

    The routine of machines collecting snakes and recycling them create a loop of life, death & rebirth. The machine expands, extends and retracts to assemble a physical construct to celebrate the death and rebirth – the next stage of life. Humans profit by reincarnation. Imagine a scenario where humans lose their life to migrate their souls to the next stage. By migrating their soul and rebirth as part of the nature, it is a passage to death.

    The machine takes on the symmetry of the snake in order to prey from the level of the snake then extend up to human height to celebrate the death of the human. Indeed, our building goes though recurring phases of birth and death. The life span of this structure is constantly shifting under a timeline of birth and death, until it eventually collapses a ‘building’ built to die.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    vY & kN: Francois Roche and Gwyllim Jahn as well as feedback from Roland Snooks and Camille Lacadee.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    vY & kN: The children’s book The Little Prince; the films “A Beautiful Mind” (2001) and “Paranoia Park” (2007); The Encyclopedia of Snakes, Christopher Mattison.

    Whose work is currently on your radar?
    vY & kN: R&Sie, Kokkugia, ElseWare, Michael Hansmeyer, Philip Beesley, Marc Fornes/theverymany.

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