Catalina Ouyang “fish mystery in the shift horizon”

Rubber Factory

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RUBBER FACTORY presents a solo exhibition of new works by Catalina Ouyang.

“Shifting baseline syndrome” is a socio-ecological phenomenon in which scientists are unable to identify correctly a species’ “baseline” population size. Often, the only way to collect information for these studies is through oral transmission and local interviews, or by referring to literature and art from the past, as there is no “reliable,” scientific written record or data. fish mystery in the shift horizon, an exhibition of new works by Catalina Ouyang, draws connections between the shifting baselines of ecological systems—citing a study of now-extinct baiji and Chinese paddlefish in the middle-lower Yangtze River Basin—and the so-called “shifting baseline” of heritage, language, oral transmission, and ancestral knowledge in the diaspora.

“fish mystery” is a mistranslation of the name of Yu Xuanji, a Tang-dynasty poet, priestess, and courtesan executed for murder, whose language haunts the space. The work draws language from texts on shifting baseline syndrome, haunted landscapes, and ghostly, quantum discontinuities, as well as English “translations” of Cai Yan’s poetry written in the spirit of Yu Xuanji, or Fish Mystery. The specters of extinction reanimate in the work as vengeful spirits. Mistranslation is metabolized as an act of rupture, casting an irreverent line through history, across continents, and across generations.

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Schedule

from May 22, 2019 to June 23, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-05-22 from 18:00 to 20:00

Artist(s)

Catalina Ouyang

Website

http://www.rubber-factory.info (venue's website)

Fee

Free

Venue Hours

From 11:00 To 18:00
Closed on Mondays

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Address: 29c Ludlow St., New York, NY, 10002
Phone: 917-822 0587

Between Canal and Hester Sts. Subway: F to East Broadway.

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