Nature See You
2020, work in progress – Video
Duration 18 minutes and 13 seconds
In November 2015, on the eve of the UN climate change conference in Paris, a video was uploaded onto the internet, in which Koko, a gorilla skilled in the use of American Sign Language, addresses world leaders directly. She chastises humanity and calls for immediate action to save herself and the nature she is part of. In his video essay Nature See You Erik Bünger invites a sign-language avatar to comment on Koko’s use of words. The avatar tries again and again to reformulate the impossible position which Koko finds herself in, as a spokesperson for nature: to communicate her message to us she has to use words. But in order for this message to remain true to nature she has to remain wordless.
Erik Bünger― Artist
Erik Bünger is a Swedish artist, writer and composer, whose work investigates the relationship between language and concepts such as 'voice', 'body', 'image' and 'nature'. In lecture performances, videos, texts and musical compositions he explores how such concepts, by referring to something mute and unspeakable beyond the reach of language, become central voids around which our reality is built up. His work have been presented around the world in venues such as Centre Pompidou in Paris, The Wellcome Collection in London, The Lincoln Center in New York, KW in Berlin and The Curitiba Biennial in Brazil. In 2018, his debut book, The Elephant Who Was a Rhinoceroswas published on RpB Verlag (Cologne)