Ultimately, we are as much flesh and blood as the animals we (sometimes) eat, so our exhibition broadens its focus to include the human element: from building muscle through strength training and reducing body fat in the gym to the stuff of religious ritual. And against the backdrop of climate change and the debate over animal rights, choosing between a sausage and grilled cheese has turned into a question of identity. The crunch time has well and truly come.
Taking in everything from Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s visions of butchers and Daniel Spoerri’s Eat Art to songs by Stiller Has and sausage ads by Bell, recipe books and lifestyle manuals, the exhibition examines our relationship to meat and investigates the role of a substance that is at once living entity, commodity and gourmet temptation. This multimedia presentation is all about the inner life of carnivores and vegans – a meaty subject indeed!