The Museum of Unnatural History
Galerie du Haut-Pavé. 3 quai Montebello . 75005 Paris. 01 43 54 58 79. www.haut-pave.org
Exhibition from 23May to 17 June 2006
Simone de Beauvoir wrote: "One is not born a woman, one becomes."
Donna Haraway proposed "Situated knowledge" in scientific methodology. She noted that the production of knowledge is unstable, imperfect, non-innocent and non-literal. Nothing and no one is completely clear, or free of bias, accurate, or a genius by birth.
This work is imperfect, fun and "alive". It suggests the unnatural quality. of creatures
By Marc Guillermin
"I'm delighted if I can invade an area, the bigger the space is the more I am motivated to get in, but if the space is small, I will invade it anyway."
She had probably learn from insects, or perhaps climbing plants about the ability to the invade and to adapt. Indonesia, a country of excessive life forms and insect paradise, where everyone lives with a "Baygon" in the pocket and ready to spray out, it develops a certain admiration for the strength of survival of these parasites.
Survival: a word that everyone knows the meaning; everyone tries to resist all forms of threat of hostile universe. The disaster is everywhere; everyone must lives with. Volcanoes are just above; the whole country is a volcano, which is the breath of the earth.
So we must live and to be aware of the dangers, to be vigilant and to exercise monitoring any signs, any vibration, any pimples on the face. Nothing should be neglected. And, like all matter, nothing really matters. We can only celebrate what is beyond us.
We live with this acute awareness of the instability of things, their fragility but also the extraordinary power to survive, whatever happens.
It is the founding principle of life, there is a common thing to all forms of life to adapt to mysterious force, to react, to seduce, to develop, to transfer, to invade ... Today, we are discovering the fragility of this alchemy.
In the unseen world, we observe the resistance of some enemy bacteria or others that are essential to us like a large number of "friendly bacteria", which are controlling the colonization of harmful bacteria.
In symbiosis, all life needs the other and there is interdependence. This concept is essential for survival which hides the notion of territory, to share, to exchange territory of another, the gift to others. Myself with others.
But in this country, as in many others, men from elsewhere came in and brought with them their classifications, their quantification, their desire for order, their knowledge and their power of domination. Once gone, they left disorder behind, or rather a new order because of excessive ambitions, where humans have become parasites to humans.
But everyone knows that one does not like to be disturbed, and one called parasites those who disturb.