Human/Being (201701)

3-Channel Video Installation, 1 min., loop.
Found-footage pet videos, text.
Multiple language versions: Korean/English; Chinese/English; Japanese / English


1 Your life is great.
2 But: have you ever had the feeling that there is anything missing?
3 Anyone?
4 Someone to care for.
5 Someone listening to your secrets.
6 Someone for rainy days.
7 You create it.
8 We make it.
9 Your child
10 Your best friend
11 The love of your life
12 Your human being.

1 You are successful.
2 But – have you ever had the feeling that you could do even better?
3 You found the solution.
4 Your own Assistant.
5 Someone for the less important things
6 You create it
7 We make it.
8 Your human being.
9 Absolute Loyalty. 
10 Rated as morally superior by our renowned ethics board.
1 你是否发现,
2 完美生活背后那不和谐的声音?
3 是缺少了什么?
4 是你关心的那个人,
5 是倾听你心声的那个人,
6 那个对你嘘寒问暖的人,
7 在这里,
8 由你亲手创造。
9 无论是你的孩子,
10 你的挚友,
11 你的恋人,
12 你的Human Being。

1 你或许也已察觉,
2 成功的事业只有一步之遥?
3 答案就在你心中。
4 你忠实的私人助理,
5 全方位关怀你的工作生活。
6 在这里,
7 由你亲手创造。
8 你的Human Being,
9 扫除一切隐私烦恼。

            In this fictional text, a company is offering human beings with several "functions". Additionally, one can assume that these human beings are bioengineered, created with single-stranded tiles (DNA “building blocks”), printed out and brought to life by artificial wombs via full ectogenesis. They are bioengineered not to question their fate of being created to be partners (eg in a love relationship), companions, friends, children or "assistants"of absolute loyalty and descretion.
            In animal breeding, non-human animals are changed by human beings. For there is no way to ask for their consent, they are not being asked. Not at all or seldom non-human beings are altered for their own good, but for the satisfaction of peoples needs which drive global economies. Selective Breeding is used to forming the animals to the function they have to fulfil, e.g. looking cute or just weird, protect something or to taste good. However, just being cute, giving attention to their owner or even being an equal companion is seldom the real function of pets. It is about fulfilling substitute roles as children, friends or partners.

Project details
Supervisors: Luis Negrón van Grieken, Christian Sievers, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (Kunsthochschule für Medien)

This project is connected to my talk / paper Becoming (with) Monsters.

Appearances Group Exhibitions
︎Timeshare Vacation, Kulturbunker Köln, Germany 

︎Symbiotica 2018, It’s a Monster Conference, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia (in context of the talk “Becoming (with) Monsters”)