‘Why should our bodies end with our skin?’ Intergenerational longings, dislocations and waiting in BXBY

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Undine Sellbach

Soojin Chang, BXBY, 2022, Commissioned for the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2022. Installation view at Jerwood Space. Photo: Anna Arca.

‘Spotted hand-fins, sprouting hair, the tow of the sea floor. Then air, wind. Limbs shaking, eyes caked in sand. A selkie is swept to a strange isle. Leaving her underwater people behind, she follows Cù-Sìth, the sea dog, fluffy fur, pointed ear, scampering across rocks, in search of land and a way to mate. The island is a vivarium, an artificial home for life. Here at the brink of the given world, old questions press afresh: What is reproduction, and where is it to be found?’

Undine Sellbach is a philosopher, artist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee. In this essay they respond to BXBY, by Jerwood/FVU Awards 2022 artist Soojin Chang.