Solipsistic Solitude (Knowing Fish)

Artist statement by Jolanta Lapiak, 2003.

The 4-minute poetic video narrates about an experience of being and existence. The video, based on a mix of philosophy on solitude and Zen parable, speaks for itself. See either a version of ASL or English below.

In the process of this creation, the visual captioning in ASL shows conversations between the white fish and the golden fish, using a color code around the signer.

ASL Version

Note that the color of the circle identifies a fish -- white and orange.

English version

In summary, two intelligent fish discussed about existence, knowledge, and complementarity of solitude and connection. Humans are connected to each other in physical proximity, yet their perceptions and experiences are eternally untransferable to one another; thus, they are radically alone, that is is solipsism, the reality of self. Solitude is also sometimes associated with creativity and originality.

Also see Deconstruct W.O.R.D.: a poetry performance.