- geminus by zoltán vakulya
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The first memory of the symmetrical Siamese twins dates back to 300 CE, from the Moche culture of ancient Peru.
There are records from this phenomenon throughout our history with polar intension towards them.
They have been treated as god’s but other times their presence gave fear and sign for bad luck, and just not long ago, they have been one of the most entertaining exhibits in the history of circus.
Chang and Eng Bunker were brothers. They managed to live their lives as full as anyone else in the 18th century, including traveling, working, building a home and raising 21 of their own children.
Eng had a real talent in writing and keeping the business run well, while Chang was a real philanderer and spent a lot of time gambling with others.
They shared each and every second of their lives, most of their thoughts and the same body.
Could that be a blessing from the sky, to be able to never be alone, to be challenged from the beginning of their life as we all being challenged differently from our society in terms of partnership and co-operation, leadership? Or is this really just a cruel play with the characteristics of human from the nature?
What source of understanding and liberty does it require to share one body and to live parallel lives at once?
When are we something only half of a whole?
What kind of control can we take upon another’s body, thought or decision?
Approaching the phenomena from both, the macro and micro perspective I’ll ask questions on and make experiments.
This research explores possibilities and impossibilities of partnership, unity/oneness and control.
For some weeks, two will make an attempt on living, working and exploring co-operation and compromise under the simulated conditions of the symmetrical conjoined twins.
concept: Vakulya Zoltán
Outside eye: Marnix Rummens