Dead Zoo, 2012
stuffed animal, medals, digital video; 0:30’, sound 4’45”
Animals have been used for military purposes for centuries. They have been used for communication, spying, transportation, explosives detectors and even as weapons. Like people, some of them received medals for their “extraordinary” services in the military or they were promoted. The title of the work Dead Zoo takes its name from the Natural History Museum Dublin or as Dubliners call it “The Dead Zoo.” The work classifies nature in a different way; animals represented in the work are not scientifically but militarily classified. Installation consists of a stuffed animal, hundreds of medals produced by the artists, a looped video and the sound of a so-called jungle with the sounds of military animals.
Installation view; The Return Gallery, Goethe Institute, Dublin