Rei Kakiuchi: Nature as a Dead Body

Advisor / tutor: Alena Alexandrova

Independent reviewer: Mark Kremer

Arnhem, June 2013


How does the role of taxonomy of species make us distinguish between humans and nature, artificiality and nature? Now we are reaching an era in which the boundary between those things is dissolved by technology. The condition of human life is defined by a more solid structure which is constituted by laws, manners or rules. There seems to be a conflict or separation between the human world and nature. Has the boundary between what is human and what is considered technology already dissolved, even before the advent of modern technology? Technology allows the human (physical and mental) body to permeate into the natural environment.

Our conception of nature places us in privileged position that shows our arbitrary categorization from an anthropocentric standpoint.