Tiger with Open MOuth (2005)

“Tiger with Open Mouth” is composed of a large VFD screen inserted inside the back of a stuffed tiger. On the screen is displayed a poem which loops after a short pause. The piece is intended to simulate a ‘tagged’ human. Tag or chip implants are set to carry specific information about their bearer: age, gender, ethnicity, nationality or serve as GPS tarcking device.They are both a perturbing and a fascinating reality. Perturbing because they cross the limits of civil rights and fascinating because they will soon transcend the boundaries of medicine. “Tiger with Open Mouth” reflects on this issue of identity where the tag is no longer an id but a poem, where an individual is no longer identified by his name but by the artistic vision he or she triggers. It asks: should our individuality not be measured by alternative parameters? In “Tiger with Open Mouth” that which ...

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“Tiger with Open Mouth” is composed of a large VFD screen inserted inside the back of a stuffed tiger. On the screen is displayed a poem which loops after a short pause. The piece is intended to simulate a ‘tagged’ human. Tag or chip implants are set to carry specific information about their bearer: age, gender, ethnicity, nationality or serve as GPS tarcking device.They are both a perturbing and a fascinating reality. Perturbing because they cross the limits of civil rights and fascinating because they will soon transcend the boundaries of medicine. “Tiger with Open Mouth” reflects on this issue of identity where the tag is no longer an id but a poem, where an individual is no longer identified by his name but by the artistic vision he or she triggers. It asks: should our individuality not be measured by alternative parameters? In “Tiger with Open Mouth” that which identifies us is no longer our name or age but a series of spontaneous emotions that our persona triggers, in this case translated into a poem: "-Que me robaste?/ -………………../ -Como ladron huiste,/ -…………………../ -mi corazon dejaste/ -…………………./ -atrás. Que robaste?/ -………………….."

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