Hannah Verlin
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Patterns & Lifestyles
The performance took place in the Hall of South American Animals of the Harvard Natural History Museum as part of the art event Bizarre Animals. The piece draws from the collection and inverts the way that the collection is experienced. The piece focuses on a costume made from a array of different articles of clothing, referencing the many subtle and extreme variations of color and texture that animals have evolved for a myriad reasons. The backside of the costume is all brown, to blend with floor, while the front is all white to blend with the walls, as though especially adapted to the exhibition space. The use of clothing in this context asks people to examine their own plumage and how it serves them in their own environments and lifestyles. The performance itself brought out unexpected results as the audience reacted to the inhuman appearance of the artist with screams, questions whether the “it” was alive, whether “it” was male or female, suggestions to kick “it”, and even actual kicks. These reactions highlighted the often-unbalanced relationship between humans and animals.
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