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Sat, Dec. 2nd, 2006 12:39 am
Holidays from being human

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sarmoung
sarmoung
The Empire Never Ended
Sat, Dec. 2nd, 2006 01:56 am (UTC)

Hmm, except what I see is still very much a Japanese female artist in her 20s, but one whose schtick in this piece is being a cosplay hamster in an art gallery. Enjoyable enough to watch, and maybe perform, but it doesn't seem such a convincing escape. Spending a week in a gallery under close observation seems a bit of a busman's holiday from humanity. How about "For three years I lived in the forest and pretended to be a fox. Nobody ever saw what I did.". Shouldn't escaping being human also be an escape from art? Beuys and the coyote, Timothy Treadwell in Herzog's Grizzly Man... Sleep approaches and sentences vanish.

(It's a late night sort of thought, but you used to post from Berlin early in the morning and more recently seem to have become more of an evening poster. Any particular reason?)


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cerulicante
cerulicante
cerulicante
Sat, Dec. 2nd, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)

SO true. Animals have no need to show themselves off to humans. Their behaviors are dictated by instinct. Since human instinct is to accumulate wealth, live healthy, outcompete others, mate, and eat, when people are selfish, they are actually living on instinct!

It's when we rise above instinctive impulses to steal things we want but don't have or kill our competition that we are truly better than animals. I am unimpressed with this "art" that is little more than a ludicrous publicity stunt. Hell, if she was naked, she'd at least be appealing to my instinctive needs...that'd be a million times more "animal" like than wearing fuzzy underwear and chewing on paper for a week.


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stanleylieber
stanleylieber
Stanley Lieber
Sat, Dec. 2nd, 2006 09:13 am (UTC)

I think you've hit on something here by drawing the distinction between the human's constant need to appraise itself in the mirror and most other animals' complete inability even recognize their reflections.


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