HERBIVORES, 2016

Installation
Pig feeder, 100 U$S dollar bills, red velvet carpet, poster
110 x 100 x 200 cm
[ Young Gallery Weekend III – Escalera de Incendios, 2017]

 

As you probably know, a herbivore is an animal anatomically and physiologically adapted to eating plant material.  In the human species food chain, a herbivore refers to the human capacity of feeding on dollar bills as the main component of our diet and life.

 

The installation Herbivores invites the public to spontaneously participate with a simple action that questions the role of money in our contemporary society. A World War II propaganda poster commands people to take one dollar bill with their mouth out of a pig feeder that contains one hundred bills of one U$S dollar. As animals would do to feed themselves, participants lay down on a red carpet to grab their bill. Though visually abundant, it’s meant to feed one hundred people. In this way, Herbivores confronts us with the dynamics of our contemporary society: in perfect symbiosis with advertising, money “gives us what we need” enslaving us to whatever is needed to get it.

 

 

Open-Your-Mouth-and-Have-One-Bite sign

 

One hundred 1U$S dollar bills in a pigs’ feeder

 

 

 

 

Participants trying to grab a dollar bill with their mouth

 

Herbivores, 2016. View of installation

 

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