the STUDIO LOOS MAY CALENDAR is here
April 16, 2020
Day 3. April 16, All Day
Emancipated Fauna (2020)
eight-channel sound installation
(commissioned by CONA Institute For Contemporary Arts)
The Emancipated fauna is relating to the animal industry and its industries (including livestock, entertainment, textile, etc.) and puts its focus on the alienated individual from these industries and the reflection on the oppression of an individual who succeeds in cultivating a distant attitude towards oppression and morbidity towards non-human animals and labor exploitation in the livestock sector (especially in slaughterhouses). Because this kind of action is socially dominant, there are global, worrying trends (both in the relation to non-human animals as well as to humans and the environment) which are mostly negated by society. The market can thus without any critical scrutiny still operate with the benefit of exploitation.
During the project, I was wondering »Why can we easily buy a product of an animal origin, while not being able to kill our pet, and at the same time we do feel that such an act would be unethical?«. We also own "pets" we buy and sell and thus at least symbolically link them to the level of an item. But is there such a difference between a "pet" and a creature that has a shelf life and use-by date?
Despite the oppression of an individual who brings an estranged attitude to the living being, most people are conscious and refuse to face his participation in the act of murder - we prefer to leave that to the Other (in a society deprived and stigmatized butchers). This is how we wash our hands over the massive slaughter and exploitation and responsibility for him (in the seemingly good of our psychological health) is shifted to the food industry, which then follows the capitalistic paradigm, sector growth and profit growth. So far, it seems to be growing along with the sector the degree of naturalization of the human disposition of humans.
The sound installation responds to this problem with the very nice "plasticized" sounds that
can be understood as products of animal origin, neatly packaged in plastic and in handy
to use. May this work relieve us of oppression and raise in us the awareness that all these sounds are
the result of the exploitation of non-human animals, as well as of workers who care that we do not need
to enter the world of large (and small) farms and slaughterhouses and in some way (by psychological
they take trauma on their shoulders) protect us against psychic suffering. Let us falling
drops of blood, screams, exhales, growls and sounds of abrasion in a living body bring a new
sonic experience of approaching and raising awareness of the covert.