Thursday, May 1, 2014

Performance Artist Injects Herself With Horse Blood

For the 2011 Ars Electronica art festival, Marion Lavel-Jeantet performed May the Horse Live in Me, the very weird experiment of injecting herself with horse blood plasma as an exploration of trans-species relationships.

Over the course of several months, she prepared her body to accept the horse blood plasma by receiving injections of different horse immunoglobulins. At the beginning of the performance, she put on specially designed stilts with hooves (I guess to make her feel more horse like) then walked around the room alongside the horse she was to receive the plasma from. She then laid on a bed and received her transfusion. Next, she dawns a lab coat and does some sciencey stuff with what looked to be blood in a petri dish. And that was it.

Personally I found the performance kind of boring. I think it would have been a lot better if at the end she demonstrated her new horse powers by horse kicking an audience member through a wall.

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