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Dark Mofo bull slaughter show goes on, public urged to ‘look deeper’ (if only we could slaughter a human instead)

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: ‘The organisers of Hobart’s winter festival have confirmed a performance involving a freshly-killed bull will go ahead, despite the community backlash… Dark Mofo’s creative director, Leigh Carmichael, urged people outraged at the thought of a three-hour performance which uses meat, blood and entrails from a freshly slaughtered animal to consider the artwork more deeply. Mr Carmichael said the work by avante-garde Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch dealt with the sanitation of war, horror and slaughter. A petition containing more than 20,000 signatures calling for the performance to be banned by the Hobart City Council was considered by aldermen this week and a report into the issue was sought…

Mr Carmichael said the festival aimed to show the “full spectrum of human emotion” and encourage a deeper understanding of the nature of existence, “an existence that encompasses the terrible abyss, and the glorious splendour… If we cancel this event, not one bull will be saved. There is currently no specific animal earmarked for slaughter for this event. Yes, we could select a random animal to live peacefully in a paddock for the rest of its life. This would amount to no more than a futile attempt to reduce our guilt, and in the process further suppress the truth and reality that we are seeking to understand”.’ SOURCE…

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