Ivan the Terrible and his Son Ivan, 1885
Ivan the Terrible was the Tsar of Russia for most of the 16th Century. In I think 1581, he caught his daughter-in-law wearing ‘immodest clothing in front of everyone’ and struck her. She was apparently pregnant and she may or may not have had a miscarriage because of it.
Ivan’s son and the girl’s husband, also named Ivan after his father, hears about it and gets into a really heated argument with his father that ends with Ivan the Terrible taking a swing at his son with his pointed staff. It’s said that he immediately fell down and kissed his son’s face, pressing his hands against his left temple to try to stop the bleeding. He famously screamed “May I be damned! I’ve killed my son! I’ve killed my son!” His son briefly regained consciousness and his last words were “I die as a devoted son and most humble servant.”
I love all the details. I love the pointed staff lying on the ground and the signs of a fight with the tossed over chair, disturbed carpet, and the door wide open. I love the single tear on Ivan’s face and their position on the floor. This is a really gorgeous but raw depiction of one of the darkest moments in an incredible man’s life. I wish there were more historical paintings like this.
god damn indeed
“Farming the Unconscious” proposes an alternative way of growing chickens for food: embedding them into a matrix. Free from cruelty, the chickens are unconscious, and free of pain and disease. They are well fed, healthy, and stress free because they are kept out of cages (and not awake) thus responding to ethical arguments against factory farming.
As long as their brain stem is intact, the homeostatic functions of the chicken will continue to operate. By removing the cerebral cortex of the chicken, its sensory perceptions are removed.
It can be produced in a denser condition while remaining alive, and oblivious.The feet will also be removed so the body of the chicken can be packed together in a dense volume.
Food, water and air are delivered via an arterial network and excreta is removed in the same manner. Around 1000 chickens will be packed into each ‘leaf’, which forms part of a moving, productive system.
The model shows that the chickens take up less space than traditional factory farming. The chickens are “plugged in” to the system, there by eliminating the need for clean up of waste.
The model in the exhibition showed the system in which a chicken would be grown at The Centre for Unconscious Farming. Feed lines provide sustenance, excreata lines remove waste, electrodes stimulate muscle growth.
The proposal is by architecture student, André Ford, who looked at eliminated not only the problem of intense agricultural farming techniques, but also looked at eliminating cruelty:
One of the students of the course, André Ford, looked at the intensification of the broiler chicken industry. Each year, the UK raises and kills 800 million chickens or ‘broilers’ for their meat. Broiler rearing might be unethical and unsustainable but it is now the most intensified and automated type of livestock production.
Broiler chickens spend their 6-7week lives in windowless sheds, each containing around 40,000 birds. They are selectively bred to grow faster than they would naturally which often causes skeletal problems and lameness.
Read the rest at Make Money Not Art
wow, so, I
don’t know exactly how I want to feel about this
half of me is like “whoa no this is way weird”
it’s … it completely eliminates the need to farm hundreds of millions of actively suffering living chickens that can and do feel pain
basically creating chicken-shaped plants full of meat that lack any sensory perception and nonvital brain activity and so are completely unable to suffer
and that’s … well, it’s SUPER CREEPY, but what’s actually wrong with it? lots of things we do are super creepy. there’s … nothing fundamentally wrong about it, and in fact it completely eliminates most ethical problems related to chicken breeding and farming
if I had the opportunity to completely end the life-long suffering of billions of future chickens … would I? I think my answer is “yes”. yes, as long as they get rid of the creepy dark backlighting.
This is disgusting. Eliminating cruelty at the cost of eliminating anything and everything that makes a creature sentient. There is nothing more sick than to grow life and deny it the experience of living. Yes, what we’re doing to chickens is repulsive and cruel, but at least those chickens get to actually walk, see, breathe, and live. There definitely needs to be reform but this alternative is just disgusting. It’s a corruption of the beauty of life as we know it. Eliminating cruelty my ass.