Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau present:
“LET ME OUT !”
Project description (may 2008):
Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau will present a living sculpture in their booth at the Subversiv Messe in Linz 2009. They will present their loving pet “Marcel”, an African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus) emprisoned in a golden cage.
It is expected that Marcel will perform a short and heart breaking speech in the booth throughout the Subversive Messe crying: „LET ME OUT!“ – and thus addressing a direct request to the visitors of the „subversive fair“ and making a comment on ‚subversion in a golden cage’. The parrot yawl will be omnipresent at the fair and confronting the visitors with an exotic pet crying for freedom.
Realisation (february – april 2009):
We bought a one year old African Grey parrot from a private person in Belgium who showed us medical documentation of it. But only after a week the parrot started to show alarming signs of not wanting to eat and not looking healthy generally. We brought it to a specialised veterinary who told us that it has a severe Chlamydiosis (Psittacosis) and started a treatment immediately. Despite our efforts to give the parrot its medication every day it died after two weeks of treatment.
We decided to show the dead parrot (taxidermised in the position we found it dead) in its cage. We understand that this is quite a strange thing to show but it appears that life can be much more subversive than any smart or stupid art project – especially when it ruins a ‚subversive’ art project.
We asked a taxidermist to prepare the parrot in the same position it died and followed the work of the taxidermist. At a certain point – before the taxidermy was completed – we found the bird cleaned and emptied on the taxidermy desk, folded like a costume. We decided to keep it in this strange form which might suggest the ultimate escape of the soul from the body.
Kristofer & Ondrej