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2016Stuffed panda in acrylic/MDF box

THINGS LOOKING AT US – DINGE DIE UNS GUCKEN : A short take on the piece

Things. If they could speak, what would they think of us as « humans » ? According to the old modern legal partition, the law dissociates between « subjects » and « objects ». But since the ecological turn, the question that has arisen is that of the extension of subject-hood to entities that were, for centuries, considered as « pure objects », « things » deprived of feelings, intelligence and rights. Now that the old realm of « things » has proved to be full of sensible beings, of « potential subjects », we have to ask ourselves how we should emancipate « things » from the old subject-oriented ontology : should animals, forests, sees, oceans, acquire rights and access to subject-hood? In this piece, Remember me, CHTO tackles this issue from a very concrete perspective : the guilt in childhood, when children abandon their beliefs whereby “things” do feel and think and live. Facing the Remember me piece, we ask ourselves : what does the framed cuddy panda tells us from behind the glass of his acrylic box ? When have we betrayed the magic beliefs of our childhood when we used to discuss with our toys ? As CHTO puts it, « the puppets and furry animals of our childhood always look at us with condemning eyes. Considering those « things » that used to be so full of life in our young age is for each generation, I think, the closest experience we can make to what is happening with our humanity as a whole, constantly neglecting the presence of things and falling back into abstraction. » By framing the beloved panda of his daughter, CHTO puts us in the situation where the object suddenly turns its look upon us, seemingly telling us how disappointed he is by our human behaviors. As we face the urgent duty to change the laws and save the « world of things » from the abuse of a human-based ontology, this work is thought by CHTO as a « sentimental piece of evidence », in the trial of our predatory habitation. As he calls it, our « shameful anthropocentrism ».

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