Designer babies and dead chickens, 2017 graphic interchange format installation
Taxidermy Ayam Cemani chicken head, lead pipe, plastic doll
Increasingly the world appears to devalue individuality, promote a disregard for acceptability and instead, favour conformity, fashion and fad. The inclination to identify with supposedly benevolent standards of appearance has led to savage abstractions in nature, crossing from human to non-human.
The chicken’s head in this work is that of an Ayam Cemani, an Indonesian chicken revered for it’s uniqueness, notably it’s black skin, it’s black organs and it’s almost black blood. Killed solely for four white feathers in it’s plume, this chicken was deemed imperfect and it’s genes a pollutant to the all-black attributes that make this particular breed desirable. Similarly, however more scientific, tweaking the genomes of human embryos has become a reality, as depicted in Aldous Huxley’s (1932), dystopian novel, Brave New World. In the impersonal and authoritarian world imagined by Huxley, reproductive control and selection are customary. These four animations consider the implications of controlling aspects of reproductive behaviour, whether scientifically or not, they emanate a clinical uneasiness and hint both at the preposterous and the possible.