Cabinet of Life

Cabinet of Life

A photography project that approaches the issue of whether or not the soul exists. The fish wander between the boundary of animate and inanimate. The fish tank is a life-sustaining device but it could also be a cabinet of death.

“Cogito ergo sum” (I think, therefore I am) is a well-known phrase by René Descartes. According to the philosopher, it is impossible to know whether a spirit dwells in others. Science can uncover only half of the picture of the soul or consciousness.

This project addresses the oddity and wonder of our existence. The significance of being alive, how exceptional it is considering how much more inanimate matter there is in the universe than animate.

Where does this miraculous state of life come from? And can they survive the death of the body?


Concept /Artwork Kyoko Takemura
Photography Nick Dunne