Culture - Exhibition, Queens Wood, London
At a time when the UK government is ordering the unnecessary culling of badgers for a supposed suppression of tuberculosis this installation explores government policy and interactions of human and animal culture. A battery operated talking Mickey Mouse has cordoned off the area, whilst a family of 16 badger's spirits rise from their sett in one of London's most ancient woodlands, Queens Wood. In tandem with the current affairs regarding environmental policies, there is a discussion to be had about where culture is, to what degree it is inherent in other organisms and how valuable to the world as a whole, are the cultures of other organisms alongside humans.
Above: Culture 2013 (installation view)
Medium: Plastic, acrylic paint, synthetic fabrics, fishing line, speaker, electronics
Culture 2013 (detail)
The RSPCA state 'Scientific consensus doesn't support the badger cull. More than 30 of the top animal disease experts described the cull as a 'costly distraction' that risks making the problem of tuberculosis in cattle worse and that will cost far more than it saves'.