٠ Animal Affairs, by Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch ٠

© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch, from Animal Love © Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch, tearsheet from Animal Love © Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch, from Animal Love © Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch, from Animal Love © Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch, from Second Life © Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch © Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch, from Pretty Ugly More of their work here Continue reading ٠ Animal Affairs, by Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch ٠

٠ Botched Taxidermy – ‘artists’ using animals ٠

Miguel Suarez, Chicken-Killing Performance, Alberta, Canada, 2013. More about it here How does the animal function as a kind of tool for allowing humans to think through their own identities? It seems that a lot of artists you’re writing about are trying to envision a very far-out point in the dispersal of fixed identities, to the point at which identities disappear. There are several points that are raised there. In terms of moving beyond identities, I think you’re right in saying that there doesn’t appear to be a fixed point towards which one could move. Certainly the way in which, … Continue reading ٠ Botched Taxidermy – ‘artists’ using animals ٠

┐ Alexandre Tylski, Gus van Sant’s highschool as a Zoo └

From time to time I revisit Gus van Sant’s movie Elephant.   I think of it as a brilliant artwork, definitely his best. The characters, the composition, the poignancy of the argument… though he mastered them all what really captivated me was the animal theme and the symbolism behind its use. I remember reading an article about it and never being able to find it again. I encountered it today, by chance, so here it is: ELEPHANT : un film animalier Le titre du film Le titre du film ELEPHANT est au départ une référence consciente au téléfilm du même nom … Continue reading ┐ Alexandre Tylski, Gus van Sant’s highschool as a Zoo └

┐ Oleg Kulik, the “it”, the “his” and the “I” dog └

“A man is an animal first of all. And then he is a Social animal, Political animal and so on. I am an Art animal, that’s why, spectator, I need your physical and psychological efforts to make sense.” Oleg Kulik © Oleg Kulik, Mad Dog Performance (photographs), 1994 © Oleg Kulik, I bite America and America bites me, 1997 © Oleg Kulig, Family of The Future, 1997 “Kulik has suggested: ‘I wanted to turn into a sort of new Diogenes, a dog-philosopher’ (2004:56); and, like Diogenes, the active force and vital optimism of his disruptive conduct is perhaps best understood … Continue reading ┐ Oleg Kulik, the “it”, the “his” and the “I” dog └

┐ Terike Haapoja – mind over matter over mind └

© Terike Haapoja, Anatomy of Landscape, Durational images, 2 parts, 2008 Glass, plywood, live plants, light, electronic, water, 150 cm x 90 cm x 20 cm When one stands before a landscape, two lines of thought appear. One treats the landscape as a framed fragment of our field of vision, distanced plane of forms and tones, structured by our viewpoint. The other, in contrast, follows the grass from underneath our feet to the distance, hears the resonance of the wind in our ears, smells the soil, synchronizes the pulses of the body with the life inside the view. Abstractions, mathematization … Continue reading ┐ Terike Haapoja – mind over matter over mind └

┐ when a cause turns into thoughtless hypocrisy* └

© Tinkebell, Brutus with Idiot, photo printed as a poster, made in collaboration with Mirjam Muller, with special thanks to the idiots © Tinkebell, Her name is Sarah, performance (the animal is used as a commodity article: as part of an individuals carefully build image and ego, rather then being acknowledged as a being with own needs and characteristics.) © Tinkebell, Saving a Broiler, installation (Saving the broiler was part of an installation in which the animal of just a few weeks old got the most perfect habitat the artist could think of.) © The Idiots, DON’T WORRY WE’LL STRAIGHTEN … Continue reading ┐ when a cause turns into thoughtless hypocrisy* └

┐ Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir └

© Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir, Untitled, from the project the light of day, 2010-2011 © Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir, Untitled, from the project the light of day, 2010-2011 © Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir, Untitled, from the project the light of day, 2010-2011 © Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir, Untitled, from the project the light of day, 2010-2011 More of her work here Continue reading ┐ Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir └

┐ Isabella Rozendaal └

© Isabella Rozendaal, Sedated and shaved, ready for castration, from the project On Loving Animals © Isabella Rozendaal, from the Hunting project Irony is part of Isabella’s projects portraying animals, either as objects of love or as desirable preys. Hunters will argue no one loves animals as they do. I find this such an absurd statement I don’t even argue with them. Her images manage to highlight several incongruities in these supposed loving relationships with animals. The ownership seems to liberate a perverse sense of power; the same happens with propriety. Here is no different. For more of Isabella’s words … Continue reading ┐ Isabella Rozendaal └

┐ Kyle Zeto └

© Kyle Zeto, The Residents Keep It All, from the series Folk Logic, 2010 © Kyle Zeto, The Residents Keep It All (2), from the series Folk Logic, 2010 “Human imagination and nature intersect at many junctions throughout cultural history. From William Blake to Bliss Carman and Henry Thoreau, the ephemeral collection of biological systems have provided stimulus to human fantasy. A representation of nature has a vision projected onto it. Anthropomorphism is an allocation of human characteristics to something inhuman or perhaps inanimate. Nature, to us, is both those things.” Kyle’s blog and his website Short-listed for Fresh Faced … Continue reading ┐ Kyle Zeto └

┐ Elisa Noguera Lopez └

© Elisa Noguera Lopez, Untitled, from the series Perhaps finally alone © Elisa Noguera Lopez, Untitled, from the series Perhaps finally alone © Elisa Noguera Lopez, Untitled, from the series Perhaps finally alone “I use photography because of it exasperating insistence on reproducing whatever is left in front of the camera. By making every mistake relevant, photographs become so easy to look at, and so difficult to understand. In this project I am drawn to textures, miscalculated lines and imperfect circles. By using simple homely fragments and with help from some little dainty creatures, submerged in excessive patterns, I highlight … Continue reading ┐ Elisa Noguera Lopez └