Due to the past week (my birthday week) being so hectic, I’ve only just gotten around to following up where my last post left off.
From Florian Mehnert’s website:
“The art experiment ’11 DAYS’ has achieved its full impetus and has ended 17 March, 2015 at 19:00 CET.
“The rat is alive and was taken out of the installation.
“The artistic intention of the experiment was never to actually allow the shooting of the rat.”
I think I’ll just quote myself here from my previous post: “…Perhaps by the end of the eleven days, he’ll feel content that his point is made, and he will not go through with killing a real, live animal in the name of art. I can hope. It seems like something a shock artist might do. Rile people up, make your point, then grant mercy and be given publicity for doing the compassionate thing in the end; just as the artist may hope people and governments will do the compassionate thing in the end and stop drone warfare/surveillance. It doesn’t make the artist any less of a jerk, though.”
Hurray! The rat is saved! Hurray! Awareness of the horrors of drone warfare has been raised. Boo to threatening cruelty to make your point.