STASIS

Single channel video installation
9min
2018




Stills from video




Biostasis is a period of steady inactivity in which an organism, while remaining alive, undergoes the suspension of all its metabolic processes.

Crucian carps can survive winter water temperatures below 0o by adopting a biostasis state, a combination of freeze-tolerance strategies and resistance to oxygen’s absence. Under that condition, bodily animation stops, metabolic processes cease, and cell’s energy is decreased to the bare minimum to keep the tissues alive. When the warm months come again and the water melts, carps resume their normal life functions.

Guided by a scientist, Stasis creates the conditions for a crucian carp to activate its self-regulating system to undergo cryogenic preservation. By simulating and capturing these conditions Stasis searches for an “undead” state that hovers between the living and the non-living. The crucian carp becomes the frame through which to challenge the biopolitical stakes of bodily presence and absence. It looks for an undeadness - a possible endurance beyond mortality.


Credits

Director | Maya Watanabe
Director of Photography | Sebastián Díaz Morales
1st AC Focus Puller | Niels Zonnenberg
Sound | German Popov, OMFO
Assistants | Daniel Jacoby, Nina Stottrup

Special thanks
Lucas Evers and Waag Society