The project “Whence Do You Know the Happiness Of Fish?” is a new large-scale installation by Ting Tong Chang combining durational performance art with science. The work was inspired by Mark Dion's 1992 creation “The Report of the Department of Marine Animal Inventory of the city of New York China Town Division”. With the assistance of a biologist, Ting Tong will construct an indoor fish farming environment controlled digitally by the fluctuations of the stock market of industrial fishery corporations internationally. A large part of this project is the scientific and mechanical research undertaken prior to the building of the installation itself, as well the travelling to different seafood markets in the area of Leipzig to collect numerous species of aquatic organisms.
During this durational performance, the artist will live in the exhibition hall and himself be fed from the pool. Equipped with a fishing rod, a fishing float, and hooks, the artist will survive on the food he is able to catch. Each time when the artist catches a prey, it will be documented in photograph and text stating date, time, size, weight and species and displayed in a chronological order. Then the fish will be cooked in a gas drill set and consumed by the artist. The project is part of his series of installations elaborating the inter-relationship of consumption, industrial production and ecosystem.
An exhibition opening and a chance to meet the artist will take place on Thursday, February 12 from 6pm- 10pm at the Kunst Kraft Werk in Leizpeg Germany. This will be a durational performance (February 12 - 26). Hors d’oeuvres will be served and an after-party will follow.
For more information about the Artist Ting Tong Chang,visitwww.tingtongchang.co.uk
About Kunst Kraft Werk
The affirmative mission of the Kunst Kraft Werk is to develop a venue in Leipzig that is immersively involved in its local culture, heritage, and community, which simultaneously acts as a bridge for a wide international cultural dialogue and connection. As a place that demonstrates the instrumental and intrinsic value of arts in society, the KKW is an innovative, exploratory space for urban regeneration and a breeding ground for new thinking. With devotion as its foundation, we are responsive to change, open to positive influence, and dedicated to forging a greater impact on our society through a shared purpose, with creative resilience rooted in our reflective practice.
As Leipzig evolves and grows as a city, with new economic and social paradigms before it, the KKW as an organization will fuel this momentum, as a forward-looking partner in establishing a robust, sustainable future.
This project is sponsored by National Culture and Art Foundation, Umverteilen Foundation and Studio 44 Apartment.