The Coring

A story in 26 instagram parts.
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The coring is gruesome.
A not sharp, not dull tubular blade.
Your seeds are removed, along with the flesh around them #series #everythingisalive #kunstenaar #graphicstorytelling #lifecycle #ecology

sujenlake

 
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you are divided with a sharp slice into 16 pieces #everythingisalive #graphicstorytelling #kunstenaar #ecology #lifecycle

 
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She adds salt to your open seeping flesh
And lays you in a hot liquid, #lifecycle #ecology #graphicstorytelling #everythingisalive #kunstenaar

 
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where you are seared. Your flesh begins to brown as heat draws out your sugars Wood lifts your pieces and turns them. Another side of you is pressed against the hot surface Your flesh has softened under the skin of hardened sugar A cool liquid, expression of another tree, drizzles from above. #lifecycle #ecology #graphicstorytelling #everythingisalive #kunstenaar

 

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the heat subsides. You are transferred to a bowl. She covers you with small pebbles, from another plant. #ecology #graphicstorytelling #lifecycle #everythingisalive #kunstenaar

 

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She spoons you up, pebbles sticking. You enter a dark moist place. Hard knobs begin mashing you into a pulp. #ecology #graphicstorytelling #everythingisalive #lifecycle #kunstenaar

 
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a force sucks you into a soft tube. You are firmly squeezed down down You land in a sac filled with sour liquid that stings. More pulpy blobs land behind you. You are all floating, dissolving into thus liquid. Your skin the last to break apart. Something opens, you are expelled into another tube, where a funky squirt cones from somewhere, mixes into the foaming sludge that you are traveling in. #lifecycle #ecology #everythingisalive #graphicstorytelling #kunstenaar

 

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This tube is bumpy and noisy. Bubbles pop around you. Tickles draw out some of your minutest particles, leaving fragments of fiber. There are twists and turns. You are traveling for hours and hours. Slowly building into a semi-solid mound. You resemble nothing of your Former Self. The tube widens, you feel a force again, your mound is pushed into space—falls— #li8ecycle #ecology #everythingisalive #graphicstorytelling #kunstenaar

 

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into a puddle? No, a smooth bowl of cold water, a pit at the bottom. You slide to a gentle stop. All is quiet for a moment. A shadow passes over you...then whoosh! #lifecycle #everythingisalive #graphicstorytelling #ecology #kunstenaar

 

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You find yourself traveling in another tunnel, but now rigid and cool. You join a river of beings, from all walks of life—plant, flesh, microbe, fiber, mineral, whole insects, chemicals, compounds calling themselves ‘plastic’. You flow with gravity, passing inlets and gathering more beings, flowing into ever greater tunnels. Above the darkness comes distant sounds of rolling and growling. #lifecycle #everythingisalive #graphicstorytelling #ecology #kunstenaar

 

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You pass by openings that seem to have sound and light. Sometimes you hear bells or honking. The tunnel echoes with these sounds, drips, seeping, sloshing #lifecycle #everythingisalive #graphicstorytelling #ecology #kunstenaar

 

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eventually, you enter a quieter space. There is light, but dimmer than the light you have known. You move in slow circles, cascading through a series of small lakes. Each time you fall, tiny fragments are pulled from you by a fine membrane. Merely a few molecules remaining, some acquired while others were shed. #lifecycle #everythingisalive #graphicstorytelling #ecology #kunstenaar

 

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you are no longer sure what form you once had or if there is a future form you will take. #lifecycle #everythingisalive #graphicstorytelling #ecology #kunstenaar

 
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you’ve long since lost a sense of smell, hearing and sight, left only with a reduced sense of touch. #lifecycle #everythingisalive #graphicstorytelling #ecology #kunstenaar

 

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you encounter, and slowly pass through... ... ... a dense mass. #lifecycle #everythingisalive #graphicstorytelling #ecology #kunstenaar

 
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undifferentiated, not gas, liquid or solid, yet. you still have a sense of being. #lifecycle #everythingisalive #graphicstorytelling #ecology #kunstenaar

 
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There is seemingly nowhere to go, no place, nothing to perceive, nothing to be. Only subtle movement in this awareness. #lifecycle #everythingisalive #graphicstorytelling #ecology #kunstenaar

 
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18/26: you begin to feel movement...then you are spinning, faster and faster, a force rising, and #lifecycle #everythingisalive #graphicstorytelling #ecology #kunstenaar

 
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you are funneled into space, the air kisses you. You fall within walls, a shape. You are as liquid. #ecology #graphicstorytelling #everythingisalive #lifecycle #kunstenaar

 
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you float in a clear cylinder, light refracting through you. Joined by other cylinders you are placed in a rectangle. #lifecycle #everythingisalive #graphicstorytelling #ecology #kunstenaar

 
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on a moving surface, you go towards a machine that hums. All of you in this cylinder-bunch are squeezed together by a sheath of thin clear material. You are now a brick of clear substances moving towards a space with other bricks like yours. #lifecycle #everythingisalive #graphicstorytelling #ecology #kunstenaar

 
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You are in a stack of clear bricks. A wheeled machine with prongs approaches, rumbling. You feel your stack lifted - now moving with the machine. An enclosed rectangular space on wheels appears and you are placed inside. Other stacks are placed beside you. Then light disappears and you are again in darkness. You hear a growl and feel rumbling. The whole structure around you seems to be moving. You feel bumped from underneath. You feel the weight of the bricks above and beside you. Moving. You have never stopped moving. #lifecycle #everythingisalive #graphicstorytelling #ecology #kunstenaar

 
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after some time the movement slows and reverses, the rumbling stops. A ‘clank’ and there is light again. A ‘door’ you think. You don’t know where the idea ‘door’ comes from, it just appears in your consciousness. A human comes into the space with a sled. A ‘human’ - another idea from somewhere. Also—‘sled.’ #lifecycle #everythingisalive #graphicstorytelling #ecology #kunstenaar

 
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the human jerks your stack onto the sled, you are tilted and moving. You exit the box into sunlight, and with that flash a faint thought is triggered. Incongruent with the present. #lifecycle #everythingisalive #graphicstorytelling #ecology #kunstenaar

 
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the thought that flutters briefly is of a place green and full of that light. A flash of memory that lingers as you pass, once again, into shadow. #lifecycle #everythingisalive #graphicstorytelling #ecology #kunstenaar

 
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The End.

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This was an experiment in serial storytelling on instagram. To start from the beginning, find https://www.instagram.com/p/BrhxeUWHvFP. Happy Solstice. #lifecycle #everythingisalive #graphicstorytelling #ecology #kunstenaar


sujenlake - https://www.instagram.com/p/BrhxeUWHvFP/

December 2018