I'm annoyed by this report of the artist who starved a dog to death in a gallery not as much because the dog died (Yes, that is unethical) but by the peoples reactions to it.Â Â When you dig past the idiocy spouted by the PETA-lickers without thought, you find that in the same room as the dog was dog-food, part of the exhibition.Â The artist asked people to not feed the dog, signs and vocally, and people obeyed.Â Meanwhile, the dog suffered, and no-one stepped up to have empathy with it.
Does this ring a bell to the association of the Milgram Experiments? Where people were told it's "okay" to torture someone? Â What we are provided with here is an even weaker form,Â you weren't encouraged to torture the dog, you were simply asked not to save it. And people obeyed.
Every single one who visited the gallery is a part of this experiment.Â No, I don't think it's art in that sense,Â maybe the people who afterwards feel bad about letting the dog die has the true artist' experience of the art. The feeling of disgust and dread the artist may have wanted to show. But for now, I'm annoyed at the people who try to pin this to the artist. Yes, he instituted it,Â unethical, heck yes. But it proves a very valid point.Â No it's fine, don't help the beggar. Don't intervene,Â let the girl be raped. It's ok, she's allowed to hit the kid.Â Â And people obey.Â Did the dog have to die? Â I don't know, but as the artist said,Â he needed the dogs death to drive the point home.
Where was the sympathy when it lived? Why was there only reactions when it died.
What the fuck is wrong with people who chose not to act simply because they are asked to?Â What happened to social responsibility?
I wish to extend a thank-you to the "artist" for making a new interpretation of the Milgram Experiment, and proving that we are incapable of caring for the dog even when we see it suffers, simply because we get asked not to. Even when food is available nearby, even when the food is taunting us.Â "You are what you read" indeed.Â Dog-food. People. Dog-food.
Quoting from the comments makes me smile in a very unpleasant way:
WHERE WERE THE LAW WHEN THIS WAS HAPPENING ??? THE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IS THIS THE SITE OF OUR TAX DOLLARS HARD AT WORK SO MUCH OF OUR CONSTIITUTION FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE IF YOU ARE A POLITICIAN, AND GOVENMENT AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM PROTECTS THE CRIMINALS YOU ARE ALL MORONS THE CRUELTY IN AMERICA FOR ANIMALS, PEOPLE, IS NO BETTER THAN THESE POOR COUNTRIES IT SHOULD NOT EXIST HERE
Where were the peoples actions? They were in the room, they did not do anything. Why blame the "artist" and not the people ignoring it? Where does the responsibility for not acting lie?
This is fucking wrong, we should tie him up and put him in an exhibit and see what type of art he thinks it is!
Sure, go ahead. Except that you'd do it as revenge and not as something to provide a thought.