Dodo in jungle

Dodo in jungle

Sunwoo Kim

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We are currently living in a domiciliation society which the old nomadic society of living has been ended in the early days. Domiciliation society is strictly set on wanting to produce people whom with a domiciling lifestyle and standards. Therefore try to induce people to live in a preset ‘recommending’ version of living style.

Under these society systems, each individual lose their colorful dreams and become feel such as one tiny part of a machines by individuation. The education valuables learning from universities have been determined meaningless long time ago and known as just one of a progress to be a ‘public servant’. Although living in a current generation which described as full of freedom with no origin, ironically modern people unconsciously follow the standardized ways.

I thought these people living in this modern society looks like a Dodo bird. The dodo bird inhabited the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, where it lived undisturbed for so long that it lost its need and ability to fly. It lived and nested on the ground and ate fruits that had fallen from trees. There were no mammals on the island and a high diversity of bird species lived in the dense forests. In 1505, the Portuguese became the first humans to set foot on Mauritius. And in 1681, the last dodo bird has been killed.

After knowing this fact, I felt in mind that modern people are also unconsciously pulling out one by one of their wing feathers that represents their freedom by themselves. Therefore I felt the dodo bird is related and gives some kind of warning to nowadays modern people. Meanwhile I had a chance to travel for a month to Mauritius and work on my art by promoted in the ‘ilhyun travel grant’ and learned that dodo bird is actually give a very strong inspiration by itself.

Through this dodo bird tragedy, I want to talk about the Homo Viator story which philosopher Gabriel Marcel have mentioned. The meaning of ‘wandering man’, human becomes developed by wander aimlessly from place to place. I think this Homo Viatoristic spirit is the answer on solving the tragic situations that comes from domiciliation society. This is also the reason and a goal at the same time, which I want to achieve by working on my art.

  • Size: W 116.5 cm x H 91.0 cm
  • Medium: Painting

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Dodo in jungle