The Unstable Condition of Zhong Zhong & Hua Hua

Lou Lou Sainsbury & Georgiana Cojocaru



“Memory is never shaped in a vacuum; the motives of memory are never pure.” (James Edward Young, The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaning). But may memory be shaped in an incubator? Living, local and non-local, communicative and contained?

The incubator works as a fluid environment that refuses to solidify, an inert and living container of processes, transformation and documented inhabitation. The incubation chamber is written ‘live’ and inscribed, a container to be studied, documented and adapted in utero.

Working from a multidisciplinary orientation of moving image, sound, text and live performance (informed by biosemiotics, materialist philosophy and queer studies), artist & writer Lou Lou Sainsbury and writer & curator Georgiana Cojocaru consider recent birth of two cloned monkeys Zhong Zhong & Hua Hua. In turn, exploring the possibilities of building collaborative communities between the spectrum of the live and inert matter, the public and private communication of the incubation chamber, and what could be at stake in the unstable condition of living in visibility.  


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The project is made possible with the additional support of the International Institute of Art and Theory.