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The Halsey Institute Debuts The Carrion Cheer, an Installation About Humans’ Relationship to Nature

The galleries become a transdimensional stopover camp for extinct animals.

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The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston is proud to present The Carrion Cheer, A Faunistic Tragedy, the first US solo exhibition of Germany-based artist duo Böhler & Orendt. They will create an immersive installation, a “makeshift transdimensional stopover camp,” consisting of tents through which viewers walk. Each tent will feature an apparition of an extinct animal, such as Steller’s Sea Cow and the Pinta Island Tortoise, as a projection on a mist screen. The extinct animals will appear in chorus to sing a song of forgiveness to humans for causing their ultimate extinction. The tents also feature renderings and images representing the animals’ relationships with humans.

While whimsical and imaginative, the installation will comment on humans’ relationship with nature. As all of the animals featured have gone extinct between 1768 and the present, their demise can be blamed on in part by the Industrial Revolution and the destruction of habitats all over the planet. The project confronts the notion that humans are the most intelligent beings, as these animals are capable of traveling through time and dimensions to revisit us. Addressing increasingly politicized issues, viewers will contemplate their own relationships with the communities, environments, and issues that comprise our global social fabric.

The installation’s chorus was composed by artist and musician Ingmar Saal. The Carrion Cheer is supported in part by JB Architekten, Nuremburg. After its debut at the Halsey Institute, The Carrion Cheer will travel to the Kunsthalle Göppingen in Göppingen, Germany.

The Carrion Cheer continues at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art (161 Calhoun Street, Charleston, South Carolina) through July 7.