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Germany: Human Zoo shows 'sub-species' of marginalized humans01:31

Germany: Human Zoo shows 'sub-species' of marginalized humans

Germany, Hamburg
June 7, 2013 at 19:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

Germany: Human Zoo shows 'sub-species' of marginalized humans

"Human Zoo 3000", a live art exhibition in Hamburg mocked the human perception of marginalized groups, calling for an end to the cycle of stereotypes on Friday. The exhibit began on Wednesday and allows the visitors to feed the caged 'sub-species' while going around the instillation.

The project is from the Viennese artist group called God's Entertainment, and attempts to draw attention to stereotypes such as punks, homeless, Roma and Sinti, the early retired, bottle collectors, refugee immigrants and single parents.

Nadine Jessen, the curator of Live Art Week, promoted the show as a learning experience, "This is what you have to learn about or something. It is more like, go in, check it out, and then you realize, I think, this kind of mirror... cos', that it really works." However, an artist involved with God's Entertainment, Simon Steinhauser pointed brevity of the show, "But I dont believe that half an hour of a show can now make me a better person. I think it needs some time to think of it, be alone, reflect it at home or the next, I dont know period."

The caged participants that compose the live art show are not actors but genuinely the 'sub-species' they are presented to be. They are not being paid and are instead motivated by their personal struggle and witnessed discrimination.

The artists wanted the participants to be locked in their cages for three weeks straight, but human rights prevented this. Nevertheless, if a participant needs to use the bathroom, they are pulled in a movable cage to the toilet.

'The Human Zoo' is part of the Live Art Festival' that takes place in Hamburg from 5-15 of June.

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Germany: Human Zoo shows 'sub-species' of marginalized humans

"Human Zoo 3000", a live art exhibition in Hamburg mocked the human perception of marginalized groups, calling for an end to the cycle of stereotypes on Friday. The exhibit began on Wednesday and allows the visitors to feed the caged 'sub-species' while going around the instillation.

The project is from the Viennese artist group called God's Entertainment, and attempts to draw attention to stereotypes such as punks, homeless, Roma and Sinti, the early retired, bottle collectors, refugee immigrants and single parents.

Nadine Jessen, the curator of Live Art Week, promoted the show as a learning experience, "This is what you have to learn about or something. It is more like, go in, check it out, and then you realize, I think, this kind of mirror... cos', that it really works." However, an artist involved with God's Entertainment, Simon Steinhauser pointed brevity of the show, "But I dont believe that half an hour of a show can now make me a better person. I think it needs some time to think of it, be alone, reflect it at home or the next, I dont know period."

The caged participants that compose the live art show are not actors but genuinely the 'sub-species' they are presented to be. They are not being paid and are instead motivated by their personal struggle and witnessed discrimination.

The artists wanted the participants to be locked in their cages for three weeks straight, but human rights prevented this. Nevertheless, if a participant needs to use the bathroom, they are pulled in a movable cage to the toilet.

'The Human Zoo' is part of the Live Art Festival' that takes place in Hamburg from 5-15 of June.