Featuring: Elio Caccavale (IT/UK) | Amy Youngs (US) | Wilfried Hou Je Bek (NL).
a few years, Fido (or Fikkie) will go to
the museum without you. The first edition of Blowup will
examine art and design projects that are created with
animals in mind as the end users and active participants –
not people. This evening event will feature three leading
practitioners discussing their work that is created for
animals to appreciate and actively use. The speakers will
address how their work can instill greater empathy for
animals in us, and what they think the animals' experience
of the art actually is.
We'll hear from American artist Amy Youngs, who has
created new habitats for hermit crabs and a lounge space for
crickets; Dutch thinker, psychogeographer and writer
Wilfried Hou Je Bek who has translated the Epic of
Gilgamesh into the pictograms that scientists use to teach
language to apes; and Italian designer Elio Caccavale who
has designed a TV for pigs to use among other speculative
design pieces in his work Utility Pets.
Plus, as a nod to the genre of YouTube videos
that consist solely of cats doing cute things, we
introduce the Cats Only iPad Play Zone. Bring Fluffy along
and let her enjoy some iPad games especially for cats.
Blowup: WildThings (2011) from V2_ on Vimeo.
Download the Blowup: Wild Things Reader
1. Introduction, by Michelle Kasprzak
2. Art for Animals, by Matthew Fuller
3. Cricket Call – Communications Between Insects and Humans? - Interview with Amy Youngs by Giovanni Aloi
4. Creating, Culling and Caring, by Amy Youngs
5. Excerpt from Gilgamesh for Apes, by Wilfried Hou Je Bek
6. Miracles, Monsters and Disturbances, by Elio Caccavale & Michael Reiss
7. A Pig Saved My Life, by Elio Caccavale
8. From the V2_ Archives: Squids, by Louis Bec
9. Final Word
Wild Things Cat Fishing.. from V2_ on Vimeo.