Emma Peel is private detective.
And she is roaming through a world where things have gotten
a little out of hand. The creatures living here melt into
Chimaeras, they dissolve or redouble before they reappear
unexpectedly between deserted landscapes. Katrin Plavcak imagines
her RNA-world as a model of a universe where form and colour
are boosted to be lurid.
Chemical compounds have covered quite a
progression from forming celestial bodies and simple life-forms
to composing more and more complex organisms. Rather the beginning
of this evolutionary route is associated with RNA being the
primary information carrier. Only few relicts of this bygone
time reach into our world where by now everything is stored
in the mode of DNA. Among the few survivors are viruses which
still use RNA to store and transmit their genetic information.
Just how the evolution of a world takes place can be assumed
by evolutionary biologists only thanks to single, hardly coherent
images. Many scientific models have been developed to merge
them into an overall picture, but in the laboratory they can
never be verified. An experiment can never simulate all conditions
of the beginning of life and therefore evolution must remain
a singular process that is concealed from definite human knowledge.
Likewise, Katrin Plavcak’s RNA-world
also evolves out of single images that assemble some of its
inhabitants. Besides the beautiful Emma Peel who is strikingly
fashionable and always ready to fight back we meet a sponge
creature that remains ambiguous between the categories of
plant or animal. And, furthermore, there is Palmer Eldritch
who has travelled several adjoining galaxies. From one of
his expeditions he brought a reality-expanding substance that
serves him to create more and more parallel realities and
moving between them he himself is repeatedly multiplied and
transmuted. Exuberant growth into space or into alternative
realities is a topic also of the great potato. This exaggerative
vegetable is swung open to be a table which brings to mind
mutation and genetic engineering as well as the globally social
consequences of a food production that tries to raise efficiency
by surplus and selection.
The exaggeration of a world like we might
suspect it in our own reality is expressed in the conglomerate
of eccentric creatures that live in Katrin Plavcak’s
RNA-world and in the boost of its colours and narratives.
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