“How Corals Think”, Kosovo 2017
Kosovo, a little country located in the Balkans between Serbia, Albania and Macedonia had its first contemporary art biennale and I was invited by the curator, Manray Hsu, to present my on-going work “How Corals Think”, which was first presented in Kaohsiung. The title for the 2017 edition was “The Future of Borders” and it happened in the historical and active city of Prizren.
What kind of interest could have the audience in Kosovo for the sounds of the remaining coral reefs in Penghu ? As an answer, I could say the feedback of the audience was positive and encouraging. My personal opinion is that 1. Everyone should feel concern about the question of pollution of oceans, about climate change, about the loss of animals species, about the overfishing, etc. 2. Coral reefs and fragile ecosystems of islands in general, can be seen as a metaphor, as a model of our condition, of our relation to the non-humans. The worldwide situation for coral reefs seems almost hopeless. This “almost” is what should drive the attention of the public, the emergency for a change of our habits and rethinking of aspirations.
This time, the underwater recordings, realized in the coral reefs of Penghu during the Spring 2017, were installed inside a casemate of the historical castle. Audience climbing from the city under the Summer heat would arrive in this shadowy, cooler and sonorous environment. Texts and images were presented outside.
Thanks and good luck to the team of Autostrada Biennale.
19 August till 23 of September 2017 in Prizren, Kosova.
In modernity, the city has developed along the culture-nature dividing line, establishing borders between urban and rural areas, between human and non-human environments. The city is rich in gender borders, ethnic borders, borders between the youth and the elderly, between outsiders and locals, between human and other species. While most of these borders in the city are invisible, overlapping and interconnected, their functioning constitutes the kernel of contemporary urban life. Artists, urbanists, activists and educators, are invited to reflect on these borders, particularly those in the city of Prizren which will result in site-specific interventions, public works, and workshops on urban design and activism.
– Manray Hsu