Saturday, June 27, 2009


Pruned finds the work of Christoph Steinbrener and Rainer Dempf at the Vienna Zoo.
According to the artists, these scenes of ecological nightmares are “experimental set-up[s]” in which “the viewer is forced to reconsider traditional modes of animal presentation and simultaneously to question the authenticity of concepts which are restaging 'natural' environments while they are increasingly endangered.”

1 comment:

electric said...

The pen pictured above is possibly a glimpse of Ballard's depiction of London in The Drowned World.

"Just as psychoanalysis reconstructs the original traumatic situation in order to release the repressed material, so we are now being plunged back into the archaeopsychic past, uncovering the ancient taboos and drives that have been dormant for epochs... Each one of us is as old as the entire biological kingdom, and our bloodstreams are tributaries of the great sea of its total memory."

The Drowned World, J.G. Ballard, Millennium 1999

Lets just hope the Zoo visitors don't tear off their clothes and run howling into the exhibits!