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Police save goldfish from blender-art exhibit
The creation by artist Marco Evaristti consisted of goldfish swimming inside regular kitchen-blenders. Exhibition visitors could switch on a blender, transforming the content to fish soup...




At 02:01 PM 2/17/00 -0800, mark gadzikowski wrote
>> beauty may be in the eye, but these aren’t artists,
>> they’re just sick fucks.

At 06:41 PM 2/17/00 -0800, PAA wrote:
> Something tells me you’re not a libertarian...




   ok, i thought i was mostly libertarian, but maybe i’m confused. i saw this as a moral issue, not a social one.
   opposing cruelty to animals is not the same as asking for government intervention. did you take me to mean i was in favor of police intervention? the police intervention was not the part i intended to highlight.
   when i called the artist and fish killers “sick fucks,” i wasn’t defending police intervention. rather i was expressing vulgar contempt for the perpetrators of animal torture for human entertainment.
   in my philosophy: morality and social freedoms are separate issues. morality should never be a matter of legislation; however, antisocial behaviors must be subject to social codes (legislation) in any cooperative society. yes, we can now get into a discussion of definitions, fellow English major.
   on the goldfish issue, the torture and murder of animals is a moral choice, and earns my contempt. the murder of humans is an antisocial behavior, and earns my vote for legislation. human society should be protected against antisocial behavior by a social code (AKA government law enforcement and accompanying judicial system).
   consider the petition you asked me to sign regarding legalizing gay marriages. i can’t sign a petition for a law supporting only gay marriages without thought, because adding a new law is rarely the proper response to fixing an improper law. i agree with your motivations, but i’m having to contemplate your methods.
   we should repeal and redraft the current laws, rather than add a buble-gum patch to a rube-goldberg legal system, a patch that allows for a specific exception that benefits only a limited group. i’m still considering your petition, because a creaky wheel can be better than having no wheel until a good one is found; however, i’m still against perpetuating a bad law through exception-making.
   because i hold a strong anti-legislation stance in opposition to an issue you feel strongly enough to petition for, i found it amusingly ironic that you suggested i was not a libertarian. :-)









one fish in blender, 1 fish blended
(AP Photo/Scanpix Nordfoto, Palle Hedemann)




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Visitors look at goldfish swimming in blenders at the Trapholt Museum in Kolding, Denmark Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000. The blender at right contains the remains of a goldfish that was mashed Friday by a visitor who pushed the power-button. Visitors to the museum can turn on the blenders each filled with water and a live goldfish and thereby decide whether the fish should live or die. So far seven goldfish have been blended.









merwin’s response
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   If one perspective of art is that it reflects humanity, then this is one of the truest reflections I've ever heard of. The art isn't in the experience of the goldfish, or the fragility of life. It's to watch who pushes the button--the audience is the real art under scrutiny.
   What is the state of humanity? How many of us respect life?
   Or don't we want to know?
   M.









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