luna eclipse: a placement
In March I began working on Lunar Eclipse- The first act of an art fellowship by Tuur and Revital titled: Nearly Winning which considers gambling as a contemporary condition through the examination of thoroughbred racehorses in the betting industry.
What happens when the natural world is swallowed by society and how can it be represented to an audience to visually represent the behind the scenes, the exhausted bodies of thoroughbred racehorses on operation tables, waning under the conditions they are situated in.
I carried on working at the studio until the end of July, situated beyond commercial purposes of art and design, focusing on more speculative research that produces objects that are at times subjective where design was used as a tool to achieve an artistic outcome.
While the outcome was impressive, I was the most involved in the process of experimenting artistically using design tools which gave me a lot of freedom to explore different mediums and approaches of processing scanned data.
From the 3D scans of racehorses spawned horse sculptures that examine the commodification of thoroughbreds that deconstructs an animal bred to be living sculptures.
The project then aimed to situate the entanglement of nature within the gambling industry where the link is drawn from the motif of showgirls to relief of scanned racehorses sprawled dead amongst the glitz and glamor of showbiz.
The body of the racehorse is commodified, spliced into sculptures glorified on marble operating tables, taken out of context, out of nature into a manufactured environment.
The spectacles created to gain recognition in the art industry is a topic that we often touched upon.
The work done was constantly reviewed to ensure that it remained logical and true to the research.