PUBLIC TALK: Laws, Sausages and the Question of Taste
|Laws, Sausages and the Question of Taste : Public Talk with Artist John O'Shea
Black Market Pudding is a twist on the traditional Irish blood sausage. It represents an ethically-conscious food product, combining congealed pig blood with fats, cereals and spices. Black Market Pudding is manufactured using blood taken from a living pig. It proposes a cyclical business model to ensure a uniquely fair deal for farmer, animal and consumer. Through a routine veterinary procedure, blood is obtained from the animal in a humane, healthy and safe way. Producers are compensated for costs associated with breeding and maintaining pigs that are kept outside of the traditional food chain. Consumers pay a premium market price for the pudding and the reassurance that no animals are harmed in the making of this product. Black Market Pudding confronts us with the taboo of consuming blood taken from a living animal, echoing the harvesting habits of vampire bats and other blood consuming animals. However, the artist argues that it is no more unusual than drinking milk, eating eggs or wearing wool. Difficult to produce, Black Market Pudding highlights how comparatively easy (and legal) it is to kill an animal while there is no clear-cut legal process for taking and consuming the blood of a live animal. Black Market Pudding was previously produced and consumed legally in the Netherlands, Poland and Ireland, and was displayed as part of Blood: Not for the faint-hearted at Science Gallery Dublin (2014), and featured as part of ARTMEATFLESH live cooking show and evening of SymbioticA in Rotterdam 2012.
John O’Shea is a UK-based curator, producer and artist working with unconventional materials and social structures to create new and experimental approaches to artmaking. In 2011/12 he worked as artist in residence at University of Liverpool Clinical Engineering Research Unit on a Wellcome Trust funded project "Pigs Bladder Football" where he created the world's first bio-engineered football - grown from living pig bladder cells. O’Shea is in Australia through the support of Science Gallery Melbourne, who have commissioned a new version of the work for their Blood: Attract and Repel exhibition: 25-7 -2017 to 5-10-2017. More info here: https://melbourne.sciencegallery.com/blood-attract-repel
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