Outbreak / Rogan Brown

“微”爆发

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Rogan Brown以纸为媒。用精湛的技艺将自己眼中微生物世界的奥秘展现一二。
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该系列作品旨在探索神圣的微生物领域,即几乎无法觉察的组成我们身体的细胞、微生物、菌类、病原体和神经元世界。
这是一个只有科学家、电子显微镜、扫描仪和培养皿共同探索的世界。是的,这是一个科学家们独享的世界。他们仔细发掘出这些微生物的秘密,而门外汉、公众世界、你我等普通人则被隔离在此之外。

然而,尽管专业知识的缺乏在某种程度上限制了我们的视野,我们还可以用双眼去发现。我们看到这个奇怪的、独特的、美丽的世界,内心充满惊奇和恐惧。恐惧存在于我们自身的未知,恐惧那些无法理解和想象的东西,恐惧我们身体内部构成我们每个个体的东西,而并非我们周围的东西。

“爆发(Outbreak)”是对我们身体的想象及微小呈现。我小心翼翼地手工将一叠纸张加以剪裁,得到了八个雕塑,用有机材料去描述组成人体的微小元素。该系列作品的灵感来自于我参加的一次探讨人体细菌(即人体生物群落)的科学研讨会。我希望这些作品能够展示出细菌世界的美,转变我们对细菌的惯有偏见。事实上,人体内的绝大部分细菌都是有益的,能帮助人体消化食物、提取维生素和抵御疾病。

在那次研讨会上,我得知科学对该边缘领域知之甚少,这让我十分诧异。目前,科学家还只是在尝试区分人体内多样的细菌种类。纸雕塑通过从凸起的核心向周围突破的细菌表现了科学的局限性(自然本身的强大加剧了这种局限性—人体包含3万个基因,但有400万细菌基因)。正如作品所展示的一样,我们控制、定义和主宰自然的愿望是受限的。

 

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This piece explores the microbiological sublime : that rarely glimpsed world of cells, microbes, funghi, pathogens and neurons that make up our bodies in numbers and on a scale of which we can barely conceive.

It is a world explored almost uniquely by scientists, the world of the electron microscope, the scanner and the petri dish: the world of the expert and the specialist. They guard their secrets and their knowledge carefully; the layman, the public, you and me, are excluded.

But we can see, we have eyes, even if our vision is limited and to a certain extent invalidated by lack of technical knowledge. We see this strange, exotic, beautiful world and are filled with both wonder and fear. Fear of the otherness of our own selves, fear of the incomprehensible, unimaginable scale, not of what is around us but what is inside us, indeed what is us.

 “Outbreak” is an imagined representation of the human body at its smallest scale; eight sculptures painstakingly hand cut from layers of humble paper, one delicate organic material used to describe another. It was inspired by a seminar I attended with a group of scientists researching the bacteria that colonises the human body, otherwise known as the Human Biome. My objective was to create a piece that showcases the beauty of the bacterial world in order to modify our negative perception of bacteria, as the overwhelming majority of the microbes that inhabit us are beneficial, helping our bodies to function by breaking down food, extracting vitamins and fighting illnesses.

I was also struck during this meeting by how little science knows about this cutting edge field of research; for the moment scientists are merely trying to identify what varieties of bacteria there are in our bodies. The limitations of science, dwarfed by the sheer scale and power of nature (the human body comprises 30 000 genes but we carry 4 million bacterial genes) is figured in the sculpture by the break out of bacterial forms from one of the domes. Our attempts to control, define and master nature are shown to be limited.

 

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  1. 居然是剪纸。。疯了。。

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