Here’s how it went:
- Artist ties a dog to a tether on one corner of a room in a museum
- Artist places bowl of food just out of reach in other corner
- Over a period of days, dog dies of starvation.
I first read about this here, and I was livid; however, it turns out that what people believed was happening was not happening at all. In fact, the dog was well cared for, and was fed daily. The point of the exhibit was that the artist…
… intended the work to be a stunt to show how a starving dog suddenly becomes the centre of attention when it is in a gallery, but not when it is on the street. The work was intended to expose people for what they really are – “hyprocritical sheep”. He said that in order for the work to be valid, he and the gallery had to give the impression that the dog was genuinely starving to death and that it died.
Clever, in a morbid kind of way.