The Backpack of Wings: Modern Mythology
The Backpack of Wings: Modern Mythology represents the speculative future scenarios, which are collisions and integrations between a bio-geo tracking technology for wild animals in scientific fields and an animism in seismic disaster myth in East Asia.
Since ancient times, whenever a natural disaster strikes, people anecdotally report that ‘animals knew it beforehand’, a belief related to animals as spiritual beings. As telemetry systems evolve, this animistic belief is transformed into data by calculating, analysing with biologging on the animal body; moreover, the animal-behaviour data enables forecasting upcoming nature events. This current transformation allows us to question the redefinition of relationships between human beings and animals: how far is the intervention of human beings into nature acceptable?, will the animals be perceived as essential members of human society?, will they be revered as gods for predicting a future, or simply as measuring tools?. Furthermore, The Backpack of Wings: Modern Mythology opens a discussion about ethical labour for datafied wild animals.
Hyeseon Jeong is interested in social phenomena of digitalization, new power/network structures, and decentralisation. Her work engages with a wide range of themes, from scientific approaches to political issues. She has generated non-linear narratives by translating and reconstructing the research content from various fields, in a maximization of fictions, radioplay, videos and sounds, entangled under a theme, and then exhibited as part of exhibitions, festivals and sound performances. She is currently studying at Academy of Media Arts Cologne.