Marianna Simnett: LAB RATS

Marianna Simnett: LAB RATS

Kunsthalle Zürich

Courtesy Marianna Simnett.

December 12, 2019
Marianna Simnett
December 14, 2019–February 9, 2020
Kunsthalle Zürich
Limmatstrasse 270
CH-8005 Zürich
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One cold and misty night, Crow and I took a trip to Hell and danced in the fire to keep warm. Crow flew through the taller flames as I waltzed in the ashes below. It felt magical. Grey dust swirled around us and Crow whipped it with her wings. My feet were burnt and there were sparkling embers on Crow’s velvet feathers. But neither of us felt any pain. We twirled and twirled for hours.

Another time, a boy tried to kiss me. As soon as his lips touched mine, Crow swooped down from nowhere and ripped off his pout and held his little lips in her beak like two worms, then swallowed them, along with his screams. Crow can be very wicked like that.

Crow says anyone can play The Bird Game. In fact, you only need to look around to realise it’s already being played by millions all over the world. But you have to be ready to play. The Bird Game is for those whose brains can’t be fried by corrosive systems. The Bird Game is for the mutants and monsters and mermaids and cyborgs and aliens and werewolves and unicorns. Crow says we are all sick, every one of us, yes you and you and you and you and you and you and yes you too. And the sooner you get along with that the sooner you’ll win the game. Another thing. In The Bird Game, the rules can change at any moment. There is no stable ground to stand on. And so the only thing to do is to stay alert, embrace the strangeness and fly into the flame.

Kunsthalle Zurich
Faint with Light, 2016
Blood In My Milk, 2018
The Bird Game, 2019 (screening January 23, 2020)

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