WALKING DINNER 2010
I found this gnawed carcass of a pheasant in the wood. The meat has completely been eaten by a
predator. In nature nothing is wasted. We, human beings, raise animals for consummation. Those
animals often live in poor conditions. They lack space or get any fresh air. The enormous supply of
meat can’t always be sold and that’s a waste. I think we all would consume in a different way if we
provided our own meat. Who among us can kill the calf that he’s taken care of and watched it grow?
If we didn’t like to kill, we ‘d eat other things such as insects, nuts, vegetables and fruit which,
moreover, would improve our health. That’s what this work is about in the first place. But it also is
about the question of what the definition is of a work tool and an artifact. In the open form, indeed,
food can be served, but in addition you can see the same form closed with a print of the gnawed
carcass … a message for the visitor of the exhibition.
Here a utensil is in contrast with an identical closed form. The dish suddenly gets unusable through a minimal change to its design, i.e. by closing the design. It looks solid now, one can only perceive the contours. The alienation from the utensil transforms the design into a three-dimensional sculpture. Herewith I want to point out the thin line between craft, design and art.