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'Témoin Oculaire: Jardin  des Plantes' 2011
Shelter or Prison : a meditation on incarceration and madness.                  
A departure point for the project is the Menagerie at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. Created in 1626, by Gui de la Brosse for Louis Xlll initially as the royal medicinal herb garden. The Menageries was added in 1820.This zoo is maintained as a historic display, sadly it still holds a number of animals in the original pavilions and as we observed and recorded they display abnormal behaviour such as repetitive irrational actions reflecting the unnatural conditions of their existence. The chance discovery of the vinyl release of Antonin Artaud ‘Pour en finir avec le jugement de dieu’ –[To Have Done with the Judgement of God] a radio play and his last work, the performance recorded in November 1947, was described as the utterances of a madman and remained banned until 1973 when it was broadcast on France-Culture. For nine years until his release in 1946 Artaud would see nothing but the inside walls of asylums he suffered physically and mentally what he called his ‘mental erosion’.