visceral zones: snails-and-i 2016

I study epiphragms. Epiphragms are dried mucus or calcium-carbonate structures covering the apertures or openings of snails. They protect snails from dryness and sometimes, digestion from their bird predators. I study these structures to examine and question the dependencies humans have with other non-humans. More importantly, I study them to survive. I have observed and shadowed several snails; from the keong emas (Golden Snail) or Apple Snail along the struggling rice fields of Yogyakarta to the Helix pomatia that have been terribly misunderstood as a French delicacy. I have felt, sensed, watched and listened to these slimy companions in my installations. Similar to Anna Tsing (2015), I believe in a kind of collaborative survival, and a survival which pays attention to non-humans’ intricate adaptations and effects we have on one another.

Media Used: Digital media/photograph

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