Sketches for Art for Animals: Winding Way. Unit B, San Antonio, TX, and FIMA, Montreal, ON, both 2010

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 be a cat--specifically, what it is like to walk through a complex, precariously-organized environment without touching anything.

Cats can wind their way through very small spaces and walk among very intricate objects without disturbing anything. This installation features a number of strings hanging down from the ceiling in a grid, with a bell tied at the bottom of each string. The goal is for people to wind their way through the strings like a cat, without ringing any of the bells.

 

Click on the thumbnails to see bigger versions of each picture. The first set are from Unit B, the second set are from FIMA:

 

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