the Big Cat stood there and he said,this is good. This is what they should
do and I knew that they would. With a little more help, all the work will
be done. They need one more cat. And I know just the one.
- Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
Francis LeBouthillier, 'Cat-in-the-hat'; submerges himself in a tank with
live eels to confront his inner demons :0 (eek!) He produces provocative,
interactive installations involving sculpture, technology, and performance.
He locates installations in non-conventional public sites, designing them
in a way that reflects existing architectural elements and structures and
simultaneously calls into question conventional associations with the particular
Here I am more at home, in this watery terrain.
His work grew out of an impulse: to negotiate a relationship; a perception
of that, to literally get in the box with the demons/fears, to see what it
was like. Outcome; "it wasn't too bad." He felt an embryonic peacefulness-curled
in the fetal position-naked- with the sound of his own breathing, and oh yeah,
his immanent struggle for survival. This cat is pawing away on his next show,
lunacy: a trip to the moon, which hopes to explore what happens to this thing
called 'human' when we are outside the stratosphere of earth; weightless without
oxygen what becomes human quickly dissolves-(gender/race/etc.)
In other words...we blow up.
After reviewing the contents of the 'box', I found the cat very much alive;
grinning away singing 'It can be done...we can do anything, anything under
So, if we, like Pandora need to explore, because it leads us to all sorts
of fascinating discoveries, not the least being -self discovery- then in the
words of Graham Smith, we better stand back 'cause "the things I make usually
Whether they blow up bridges or open up boxes, these 'cats', attempt to communicate
to other sentinent beings. Graham wants to try communicating with dolphins
(cat and fish together in a symbiotic relationship?).
Why shouldn't we try to communicate/talk to the animals? If we did manage
to learn their language, what would we say to them.
I'd want to know if they dream of humans. :)
SASHA WENTGES 5/00
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