Sketches for Art for Animals: Marking My Territory, performed and printed 2009

Chris wants to make art for animals. In order to make art for animals, he needs to know what kind of art animals would like. In order to know what kind of art animals would like, he needs to understand what it's like to be an animal--what it's like to see and hear and think and feel and behave like an animal. These projects are also made for other people to try, so that they can give Chris feedback about their own experiences, and also so they can make their own art for animals. This project is intended to help understand what it is like to mark one's territory like an animal.

Animals mark their territory in various ways. Chris wanted to find a way to mark his own territory after he bought a new house in a new city. Chris decided to photograph the sidewalk all the way around his block, which can be seen as a one-inch-wide strip in this eight-foot-long print, providing a minute record of the limits of Chris' territory. A magnifying glass is provided for the viewer.

 

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