Germany-based artist duo Böhler & Orendt will create an immersive installation in the galleries of the Halsey Institute. Naming it a “makeshift transdimensional stopover camp,” the installation will consist of several tents through which viewers can walk. Each tent will feature an apparition of an extinct animal, such as a Steller’s Sea Cow, the Carolina Parakeet, and the Pinta Island Tortoise, which will appear as a projection on a screen of mist. The extinct animals will appear in chorus to sing a song of forgiveness to humans for causing their ultimate extinction. The tents will also feature cave painting-like drawings of the animals’ encounters with humans.
While whimsical and imaginative, the installation will comment on humans’ relationship with the world around us. As all of the animals featured in the exhibition have gone extinct between 1768 and the present, their demise can be blamed on in part by the Industrial Revolution and the destruction of habitats all over the planet. Böhler & Orendt’s project confronts the notion that humans are thought as the most intelligent beings, as they suggest these animals are capable of traveling through time and dimensions to revisit us. Furthermore, the installation comments on the plight of refugees in the West by creating a stopover camp in the galleries. Addressing an increasingly politicized issue of refugees, this installation will provoke viewers to contemplate their own relationships with the communities, environments, and issues that comprise our global social fabric.
This will be the first solo exhibition of Böhler & Orendt’s work in the United States. The exhibition is curated by Bryan Granger, Manager of Exhibitions and Programs at the Halsey Institute. The Carrion Cheer is an official offering of Piccolo Spoleto 2018.
Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM and 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Thursdays. The Halsey Institute is open from 110:00 AM to 4:00 PM on the following Sundays in honor of Piccolo Spoleto, May 27, June 3, and June 9. Admission to the galleries is always free and they are open to the public.