Now, as you can probably imagine, I've seen a lot of things, taxidermy-wise. There was been the cat-copter and the various head-in-taxidermy art performances. But surely this art project is the weirdest yet. Abraham Poincheval is going to live inside a taxidermied bear. For 13 days, the French artist will remain enclosed enclosed inside the bear in a specially designed compartment. I’m not sure why. I’m not sure I want to ask.
The performance was at the Musée de Chasse et de la Nature in Paris. This was what they had to say about it poorly translated from the french by me:
Like the bear, he placed himself in a state of hibernation. Like him, he ate herbaceous plants, berries, insects, honey and fruit. Placed in an artificially-induced state of drowsiness conducive to detachment and seclusion, Abraham Poincheval could meditate. Enacting an experience of “becoming animal” the performance is also a way to reclaim time and space. The public was able to communicate with the artist, to keep her company by making him read to them. Participatory performance.
Or visit the museum's site here: http://poincheval.chassenature.org/a-propos.html