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    Hysteric C
    Splendour in the grass


    Anthropology of Dead Body

CTM/transmediale Vorspiel 2021
Online Screening+Artist Talk | Berlin, Germany | 04.02. 2021

KI Camp_Futurium(online)
Virtual Exhibition | Berlin, Germany | 26.03 - 27.04. 2021

Heimat, Herz, Orte_Galerie Bernau
Group Exhibition | Berlin, Germany | 09.04 - 29.05. 2021

Splendour in the grass
4K, color, stereo, 17:17min., 2020

Highly comport, oddly anxious
3D graphic meadow, color, 4 channel sound, 3min., loop, 2020

Installation view / Highly comport, oddly anxious

The project started with an article published by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Russia under the title 'VR test for cows on farms near Moscow’, which describes an experiment conducted to cattle in a dairy farm, showing a virtual image of peaceful grassland with a customized VR headset. The article implies that the VR experiment reduces the anxiety of cow and has shown a possible increase in milk production.

The utilization of technical apparatus in the welfare of both humans and animals have different purposes, e.g. cows for milk and meat production - humans for improving their quality of life. However, the subject-object relationship in the scientific experiment has strong similarities in the dynamic between the political system and the people. The assumption that presenting utopian images will reduce anxiety connects to the sovereign control of mental health and female reproductive labor being the ultimate catalysis for capitalism.

With various purposes, the endeavor to change perspective and overcome the boundary of visual perception has been technologically achieved, for instance in VR. However, it simultaneously reveals numerous limitations that oversimplify the individual’s experience and relationship to their environment, along with not taking into account the psychological implications in their entirety. How could one embrace the complexity while detouring from the idea of ‘self’? Inspired by children’s stories and human-animal metamorphosis in mythologies, the film and installation take an extremely exaggerated anthropomorphic view of non-humans, which paradoxically reveal the position of humans to widen perceptions, whilst confronting limitations.

Synopsis /
Cow takes experimental psychotherapy with Mary, assumably the psychiatrist, who gave a prescription to cow the virtual reality treatment. During the session, the cow goes through her memory trip and illusive experience, which at the end, blur the identity of the cow herself, whether she is an animal or human, subject or object in the treatment.

Splendour in the grass, 2020, still

Installation view / Highly comport, oddly anxious / UdK Medienhaus Galerie

Splendour in the grass / excerpt 38’’

Film credit/
Cast: Zihern Lee
Camera: Hyojoo Yang
Grass voice: Sohee Ga
Installation sound: Sani Nam
Sound design: Christian Obermaier