What lies in the imperishable

by Anna Mutschlechner-Dean
AUT, 2021
2 min

6. Oktober 2022 | 19:00

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What are the consequences of humankind’s desire for eternal life? Mankind continually tries to leave behind something significant, something that will be remembered. Perhaps by staying in memory man could come closer to immortality. However, as humankind moves more and more into the digital realm, technological advances may soon provide it with other possibilities. Could the digital already be a man-made attempt at immortality?
In the video, the organic and the virtual are merged. The striving for immortality is to be thematized and questioned at the same time. Abstracted forms of a potentially immortal organism are brought together with the human body until ultimately a hybrid is created. With the ability to rejuvenate itself and so generate a new life cycle, the jellyfish symbolizes imperishability.
Research on this potentially immortal jellyfish species and the possible transfer of its properties to humans raises questions. Deciphering this process could extend the human lifespan. But what would this mean for humanity?

Yoon a Lee, Suchart Wannaset | Camera
Anna Mutschlechner-Dean | Director, Writer, Producer
Hyeji Nam | Sound
Chattip Metchanun | Assistant

6. Oktober 2022 | 19:00

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