I’ve just realised I’ve never posted the images of the speaking meat artworks that were used in the exhibition Why Listen to Animals? So here they are. These fleshlumps each housed a bluetooth speaker – so they could ‘speak’ as they were handed around the audience (imagine a butchers shop dialogue between meats).
In this performance there were three different ‘voices’ and characters for the meat lumps:
- baby meat (aka veal) – voiced by Bruce (baby meat is animal becoming subject becoming object – (mooing then me-ing, then meat-ing, he is sweet and naive and knows nothing different, he is veal, $17.99 a kilo, light and juicy)
- old diary cow – voiced by me (daisy is angry and hysterical in the Lacanian sense- she rejects the master narrative, she knows she is a someone not a something, but doesn’t have a lot of alternatives to frame herself within)
grumpy steak – voiced by Bruce (grumpy steak is going off, he is the voice of the master narrative, and he’s happy he’s a steak (top of the ladder meat) and wants to ‘rest’ (like meat does), he calls daisy dog food, and tells them to shut up – he’s the heavy breather.