Animalistic Issue

Your life being reduced to being ai Specimen

Here is No. 1 an artist who uses slaughtered lambs to indicate something. That what she is indicating might be of a political meaning to her and to the people who agree with her on a certain viewpoint. Now why does she use a dead lamb and not something else? Because the live of the specific lamb does not have any special “meaning” to her, and I assume she would not even understand why a particular life of a particular animal should have any big meaning at all. She seems to connect the oppression of the indigenous people with the conflicts that ride modern day Cuba. And it seems she believes that using the lamb as an indicated sacrifice, will rectify that what is wrong in the world today. Only: necrophilia only encourages the necrophiles.

Tania Bruguera: El Peso de la Culpa (The Burden of Guilt)

“Tania was standing before a Cuban flag which she had herself woven from human hair, a butchered lamb hung around her neck. She spent approximately 45 minutes mixing Cuban soil with water and eating it…”

Here is No. 2. Temple Grandin is famous, because she models slaughterhouses and says it’s all being done with love – well she says that in some other words. Here she had been making sofa chairs that tells us about the privileges (the feeling good factor) of sitting in a chair with the slaughterhouse in the back of the mind, because her chairs she says, are modelled after some device she uses in slaughterhouse construction. Only, who needs to feel superior with his ass sat on an armchair? Bet you, she will always have the lobby of the humane slaughtering advocates behing her back.

Wendy Jacob with Temple Grandin – The Squeeze Chair Project

“A collaboration between renowned animal scientist Temple Grandin and Chicago-based artist Wendy Jacob. The effects of Grandin’s autism led her, at age 18, to develop an apparatus, based upon cattle handling chutes, which applied soothing,..”

And No. 3. There are today a lot of so called Animal Rights artists and Eco artists who undermine their self-proclaimed causes, by turning what’s top down to the bottom. Diversity comes from freedom and plurality, and these guys here for example take away the freedom bit, and stick your ass right into a test tube, to find out how much your life sucks, or they want to save you by showing everyone what a sucking looser you are in this life on this earth. Why is life used in an exemplaric way here? I guess they’s add that what they are doing is for some greater purpose.

Your life being reduced to being ai “Specimen”.

“Since then he has had numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally in which he presents photographs and biological samples of the creatures he collects…” (Although I think the greenmuseum is a good idea, and I do respect their work, I think they should be more clrea about their position on the value of animal life.)

Species Reclamation Via a Non-linear Genetic Timeline; An Attempted Hymenochirus Curtipes Model Induced By Controlled Breeding, 2000
live specimens, varied housing, preserved specimens, digital photographs, Apple Powerbook; dimensions variable (detail).


a key arts approach

Art recommended:

Monique Fagan Smith

Monique Fagan Smith, homeless New York based visual artist. I heard about her on the Bryant Park Project and recommend you the blog entry there: Post Office Steps: One Artist’s Studio  about her:

Two other links for Fagan Smith are also:

Monique Fagan Smith at Art Pathways:


on ConnecTV –  On Her Own Terms: Painting a portrait of a homeless artist in New York:


Re-inaugaration of the Visual Opinions Workshop!!

I am starting to run a blog here, on which I want to talk about what I perceive in arts today. This is a humble start, and I can’t put ALL my efforts into it, but I hope I will add this or that useful contribution, because in arts today there is a huge vacuum as to what regards “meaningful content”.

What I mean by “meaningful content” is that I believe arts should not be an aesthetical post-cartesianism which nevertheless STILL endorses a “cogito ergo sum” and divulges itself in a complex subjectivity.

To my view it is important that art relates to the “other phenomena” in this way:

=> A has a real (and in that way an expressedly objective) relation to B, where B is not simply “that what is seen” in the eyes of A.

=> B is real.

Arts currently seems to keep insisting on a message that equals:
‘What I see mainly relates to my or ai surrogate collective “subjective self”. And, my subjective self has an authority that is completely independent of the authority of “what else” exists in the universe.