The work 'Domestic Alien' consists of a series of drawings, two mechanical pets and a videowork. The drawings depict hybrid creatures, a mixture of human and animal in constant metamorphosis. Inspired by this I made two mechanical pets, constructed out of animal skin, wire and a mechanical device that forces them to make the same functionless movements over and over again. They have no face and produce a machine-like purring sound. With these mechanical pets I made a videowork. In this video an anonymous man interacts with these artificial animals as if they were real pets. He talks to them in the peculiar way people use when they address animals or small children. The video was made in a domestic, homely setting.
In combination with the drawings, this video refers to the concept of domestication, not only of the animal but of our surroundings aswel. The repressed savage qualities that linger in modern man and the emotional constructions we project onto the animals that live with us. The familiar that springs from domestication but at the same time the strangeness of the other.
'I think I could turn and live with animals. They are so placid and self-contained. They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins. They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God. Not one of them kneels to another or to his own kind that lived thousands of years ago. Not one of them is respectable or unhappy, all over the earth.' (The Wicker Man-1972)