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好乖的勞動者們 The Good Builders

2021

亞加力、桑蠶、尼龍 Acrylic, Silkworm and Nylon 

尺寸不定 Variable

始於五千年前的黃河流域,人類已成功馴化野生桑蠶,展開蠶桑絲織的權力關係。經過長期的馴化及培育,家蠶適應了被馴養的生活方式,逐步喪失野外生存能力,成為了僅有的家畜化昆蟲。

    

在人類參與下的繁殖,桑蠶得以生活在近乎「準社會性」(Quasisocial) 的體系,貼近共同居住及分工生產。 桑蠶的功能性與服從性讓掌權者樂於保持圈養關係,讓這利益主導的微型社會型態得以一直延續。社會與動物本屬活生生的有機體,同樣不斷地生長並進行演化,當下被視為齒輪的個體們,未來可能不一定保持原狀。

 

Since five thousands years ago, humans in Yellow River Basin successfully tamed wild silkworms and developed the power relation with silkworm throughout the silk industry. Due to a long period of domestication and cultivation, the silkworm has adapted to the domesticated habit and gradually lost its ability to survive in the wild environment, becoming the rare tamed insect. 

 

The human-involved reproduction allows silkworms to live under an almost "Quasisocial" system, close to co-living and division of labor. The functionality and obedience of the silkworm induce the hierarch to be always willing to maintain a captive relationship. It consequently sustains a micro interest-led social formation. Society and animal are both living organisms, which are constantly growing and evolving. Individuals who are regarded as gears today might not certainly remain the same in the future.

 

*特別鳴謝: 桑蠶隊

Special Thanks: Silkworm Crew