Celeste Boursier-Mougenot's Sonsara

Updated: May 8, 2019

"How do humans co-exist with artificial nature" and "how are we building an ecology imaging the world after humans"? These are the two issues artist Céleste Bousier-Mougenot and curator Sun Qi Dong wanted to discuss through the beautiful and pristine Sonsara exhibition.

Céleste Bousier-Mougenot's unique use of sound, lights, birds and clean use of colors cultivated an awakened sense of mind as we traveled through the spiral Minsheng Art Museum. Darkness cloaked us from all around while varying sounds played through our ears upon entering the exhibition. The sudden dilution of one sense forced us to use our other senses to explore the exhibition mildly playing on your psyche as you stumbled through the spiral layout of the exhibition. However, at the end of the exhibition you were presented with a sense of peace as you heard the soft clinging of bowls floating through the pool installation. Guests gathered around the pool to relax and enjoy this beautiful melody. This memory still remains clear as day as I reflect back to September of 2017 when I visited this exhibition, and in 2019 the original question is still raised, how are we co-existing with artificial nature?

The ecology of nature has reshaped itself to be an image of human beings by deteriorating nature and replacing it with our interior world according to Céleste Bousier-Mougenot and Sun Qidong . We have attached ourselves to this interior form of nature and in turn these things have predominately become our reality. Both men presumed this in turn would bring the extinction of human beings. Thus we must live with hope but accept this fate of extinction, because the object of contemplation is no longer about being human but of life itself.

How is that for some afternoon tea talk?

The extinction of the human race.

Sonsara, the name of Céleste Bousier-Mougenot's exhibition. Son means sound in French and Samsara means the cycle of life, which entails mankind's former lives and the eternal life after death. Céleste Bousier-Mougenot thus combined the names to describe, not only the endless life and continuous sound, but also to (present) a metaphor of the museum displaying the exhibition is a spiral state.

How is the name Sonasara reflected in your current life?

Art is more than technique and colors, but it should be something which enables the viewer to think, reflect, and even possibly take action in a micro or macro way. Céleste Bousier-Mougenot's work did just this through his exhibitions, and my goodness it was absolutely refreshing.

Never dilute your vibrance


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