What is life like for an eel? Sheng-Wen Lo has been studying this question with the research team A Voice for the Eel sinds 2020. Can we translate this animal’s perceptions into human senses and cognition? How can people interact with the eel in a playful manner, and engage an indifferent audience? Finally, why are these questions important in this specific time and place?
Sheng-Wen is a Taiwanese artist who lives and works in the Netherlands and currently holds a residency (2019-2020) at the Rijksacademie. Shen-Wen is interested in contemporary human-animal relationships and attempts to encourage dialogue between both groups. Through a variety of methods, instruments and prostheses, including his Extendable Ears (2019), he places himself in the perspective of animals.