RatTales is an installation with a large ﬂoor projection and camera tracking system, creating a space for interaction among people and a computer-generated swarm of rats. Every rat as well as each visitor has a tail made of letters displaying various quotes about rats. The rats will ﬂee from visitors but attack them from behind. With his rat-tail the individual joins a race, he may perceive as a disgust and a threat.
Since rats can be found wherever human beings live, they are oﬅen displayed as a detestable miniature of human society. The idea of an incontrollable threat for the “civilized” world has been used throughout history, making the rat-metaphor a powerful political instrument.
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