how to compost your-self (2023)
video installation, 8 minute loop
compost container, television, organic material
Is self-development a conscious process or is it passively imposed? Within capitalist societies, the self becomes a commodity. And paradoxically, the pursuit of uniqueness leads to self-categorization and confinement.
In reality, our identities and experiences are not isolated and not fixed. They are in constant development and entanglement.
We are all compost – Donna Haraway
This work invites you to compost your-self. To let go of your boundaries and join the warmth of the compost, where so-called selves are sloshing around and mixing freely – rotting and evolving.
The installation works as a portal into the speculative self-compost-pile. Viewers are presented with a narrative collage – a compost-film – that points towards this concept. Found footage instructional videos on composting are mixed with documentaries and commercials in order to try to examine the often unseen forces that shape our sense of self through media.
Created in collaboration with Magalie Herter-Courbon
Supervised by Prof. Agnes Meyer-Brandis
Exhibited as part of Open Soil Days 2023 at Floating University Berlin
Exhibited as part of the group show More Strange Things 2024 at silent green Berlin
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