Zygmunt Bauman: Phantom Island

Phantom Island is an installation by the Polish sociologist and philosopher Zygmunt Bauman, which define modernity as "rejection of the world as it has hitherto, and determination to change it". In the hundreds of years since modernization, we have continuously witnessed the transformation of nature by humans; some islands have disappeared, and others have been built on the water.

Reservoirs were built, landfills were built and filled, nuclear weapons were tested, and sea levels continued to rise on the map. Humans are constantly finding and planning new boundaries, building in disappearance and uncertainty, and constantly renewing the shape of coastlines and islands. In the exhibition, the hand-drawn animation moves frame by frame, the border between the wooden island and the iron island is clear, expanding outward, and the floating island is floating. When the longing for distant islands on the map during the Great Voyage period turned into a romantic picture of urban expansion and development, it was not reclamation that broke the original coastline, but only new islands that existed in the plan, like those shown on the old map island, but can never be discovered like a phantom.

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