The Carrion Cheer: A Faunistic Tragedy

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 interconnected 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. 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.

On View | May 18 through July 7
Monday through Saturday 11:00am – 4:00pm with extended hours Thursdays til 7:00pm and open Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm May 27, and June 3 and 10

Venue | Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun Street

Admission | Free