work in progress

new moving-image work, filmed at Kaunas Tadas Ivanauskas Museum of Zoology & the Curonian Spit
4K video with sound
screened as wip at NAC, Nida

‘inorganic life is the movement at the membrane of the organism, where it begins to quiver with virtuality. decomposes,
and is recombined again.’1

dead skins speak volumes
‘what is it? perhaps we no longer wonder what species the preserved creature once was, but the ontological question what is it?’2 

‘Not all memory comes from an individual’s life.
-Where, then?
Memory is stored in neurons - interactive memory, carried in charge and potential, then downloaded to chemical storage in cells,
then downloaded to molecular level. Stored in introns of individual cells.
The insight was almost agonizing in its completeness and intensity.
Symbiotic bacteria and transfer viruses naturally occurring in all animals and specific to each species - are implanted with
molecular memory transcribed from the intron. They exit the individual and pass on to another individual, ‘inefect’, transfer the
memory to somatic cells. Some of the memories are then returned to chemical storage status, and a few return to active memory.
-Across generations?
Across millenia.’3

1Phen Cheah, ‘Non-Dialectical Materialism’
2Rachel Poliquin, The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing
3Greg Bear, Blood Music