概念美術館 Vol. 7「低級自由—李懿澕個展 Low Life: Li Yi-Ho Solo Exhibition」展訊
I would like to create a bridge between humans and cockroaches, providing humans with a chance to know how cockroaches perceive the world. Confined by a restricted vision and the disgusting body of the cockroach, the audience could get a glimpse into how cockroaches recognize the appearance of their habitats. With the story design in Virtual Reality, this artwork is aimed to change the negative perception that humans have on cockroaches. Moreover, I utilize my own imagination for the cockroach community and their symbiosis with other creatures in the kitchen, to blur the boundary and deconstruct the dominant-subordinate relationship between humans and cockroaches. With the guidance of the cockroach, the audience visit the kitchen in the ground level viewpoint in which the cockroach become the main narrator among the human living space. Thus, I also design installations of antenna, wings, and cerci to imitate the feedback mechanism that cockroaches use to receive external messages. These installations create an immersive experience which makes it easier for the audience to become an embodiment of cockroaches.
Humans and cockroaches would certainly have mutual effect on each other. The home to humans are also the home to cockroaches. Also, cockroaches conform to the house-owner’s lifestyle. Are cockroaches entitled to their true freedom? Can they freely choose which leftover food to eat, and freely decide under which furniture to rest? By raising these questions, this artwork hopes to give cockroaches the power as individual entities—they are not some disgusting insects anymore; they are just like us.