In the video Karakul, I explore the borders and the main features of humanity through the relationship between a strange, unsociable, anthropomorphic creature covered in grey karakul fur, and a horse, which embodies a domestic animal. “Anthropomorphous” repeats all movements after the horse. What does this process mean? Spectators may feel that it is a very human, very sociable way to be together. The relations between the creature and the horse are full of humanity, an intention to understand, full of mental and emotional sincerity. They meet each other, they try to understand each other, and to grasp the best features of humanity in that relationship.
With the help of culture we build a hierarchy that creates subordination. One becomes able to position oneself according to the other, self-identify oneself and understand one’s own intentions and desires in existence. Imitation of gestures, mimicry, and intonations are part of conversation and intimacy between people, so the creature understood one of the models of gender and human relations. Is this relationship structure convenient and interesting for the creature? Would she stay with the horse or would she leave? Be together or be separated?
I asked a question about the scope and aims of humanity, about the scope and aims of gender relations. With this work I am trying to understand the specifics and features of the social and the natural.
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