International Archives 2nd half of 2015
Speechless, a new work by the Rotterdam-
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Speechless draws on the uncanny ability of parrots to mimic human speech as a way of exploring the Aristotelian notion that we are political animals, constantly engaged in attempts to influence and govern one another. Historically, the human capacity for verbal language has been used as a point of separation between animals and ourselves. This separation has in turn helped to accelerate our exploitation of the natural world. By incorporating animals that literally speak back to us, the artists envision a situation in which language serves to unite, rather than to divide, humans from animals, with hopes that this reunification may help us address the urgent ecological crises that we face today.
Bik Van der Pol is part of PAMM's Researcher-
Bik Van der Pol, Are you really sure a floor can't also be a ceiling?, 2010. Collection Enel Contemponeara 2010/Macro Museum Rome, Italy. Photo: Bik Van der Pol.
Exhibition 13 August 2015 -