EXHIBITION, CONCERT, READING, STREET ACTIVITY, PARTY, PERFORMANCE, THEATRE PIECE, LECTURE, SCREENING, ETC.
JOB, WORKSHOP, INTERNSHIP, COLLABORATION PROJECTS, JOINING A BAND, RESIDENCY, WANTED PROFESSIONAL, ETC.
ARTWORK, PIECE OF MUSIC, VIDEO, PIECE OF POETRY, ILLUSTRATION, SERIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS, CORPORATE DESIGN, ETC.
After the first exhibition project “Ursus Olfaciens” visited the traces left behind by the Berlin bears at the Bärenzwinger, follows a critical inquiry into how humans view animals. The starting point for the exhibition “Fur Agency” focuses on animal fur as an effective actor, in how it provokes reactions in its viewers. Fur evokes a feeling of warmth and comfort, the desire to look at it or touch it. The “incumbent” Berlin city bears were also subjected to this romanticized view.
“In principle, each cage is a framework around the animal”, writes John Berger in 1980 in “Why Look at Animals?”. The animal becomes an image in the zoo which we can view. We feel close to it, but at the same time it is alien to us. It is its otherness that particularly fascinates us. Nowhere else is that so apparent than in the zoo, where humans – despite also being mammals that are part of nature – exhibit and view animals as museum objects. “Fur Agency” not only thematizes this way of keeping animals, but attempts to challenge established habits through an artistic lens. On these grounds, the female artist collective NEOZOON develops the three-part, multimedia installation “Bearly Legal” for the Bärenzwinger.
NEOZOON, founded in 2009 in Berlin and Paris, deals with human-animal relations and examines the way modern societies treat live and dead animals. NEOZOON’s art campaigns take place in public space.
Curated by Sebastian Häger und Anne Hölck
at Köepenicker Str. 96
Friday 5 April 2019 at 19:00h
at Auguststrasse 68
Wednesday 10 April 2019 at 12:00h
at Stauffenbergstr. 1
Tuesday 9 April 2019 at 19:00h