Presented by Vicki Davis as part of FALL/OUT, curated by festival visual arts curators in residence, Pluck Projects.
Sited in the Port of Cork, Meatán is an immersive living sculpture that references the live deportation of cattle from Cork and draws on processes proposed by industry to counter the environmental impact of cattle farming. This work developed from research into one of the Argentinean government's solutions to the climate emergency: a balloon that collects methane gas emitted from cows. It is an invasive process, involving the insertion of a pipe into the intestinal tract of a cow, creating a hybrid between animal and machine that speaks to the agricultural industry's relationship to global warming. The 'living' sculpture takes the form of a balloon made from specially screen printed cattle feedbags, which will inflate and deflate slowly over the course of the festival. Meatán prompts us to examine the ways in which climate change impacts our imaginations.
Supported by Cork City Council.