Thomas Thwaites – A holiday from being human (GoatMan)
Wouldn’t it be nice to take a holiday from being a human? A holiday from the existential angst, worry and stress of life as a self-aware mortal being. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to enjoy fresh green grass, to gallop across the landscape, to be free from time?
Yes. So I tried to become a goat to escape the angst inherent in being a human. The project became an exploration of how close modern technology can take us to fulfilling an ancient human dream: to take on characteristics from other animals. But instead of the ferocity of a bear, or the perspective of a bird, the characteristic most useful in modern life is something else; being present in the moment perhaps.
With this work I wanted to present an alternative aesthetic for the vision of the post-human; a little twee, a little homely, a reminder that there are many viewpoints, many perspectives, and many futures.
Anyway I ended up in the Alps, on four legs, at a goat farm, with a prosthetic rumen strapped to my chest, eating grass, attempting to become a goat.