speaking meat project

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.