My 20yo Red-Eared Slider, just before he moved to his new home. I got him when I was 8 and gave him away to a 8yo boy when i was 28. I used this video in an interactive installation called "Husdjur #1"(Pet #1). It was shown on a small 14 inch CRT monitor with a homemade crank on the side that controlled the speed and direction of the video loop.
This animal has followed me from boyhood to adulthood and has in a way shared(although probably not understood) many of my most intimate moments. My personal connection to this animal, I believe, reinforces the other obvious part of the work that deals with our relationship to the natural world and our efforts to control and contain it, for whatever reason.
It was shown at the Way out west festival in Gothenburg, August 2007