Next Nest

Van Mensvoort
September 7th 2009

When a bird builds a nest, we call it nature, but when a human puts up an apartment building, suddenly it’s culture? As if the dividing line between nature and culture wasn't difficult to draw already, artist Semâ Bekirovic is making it even more difficult.

For months she "fed" the family of coots in her environment with her own stuff (nude photo's, old toothbrushes, etc), which the coots incorporated in their nest. The result is an artwork beyond her control.

Pity we can't ask the coots how they feel about their new dwellings. Since they have constructed it themselves, they might be quite satisfied with their next nature building materials. It is merely our human perspective that makes the outlook of this next nest somewhat uncanny.

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Should men be able to give birth to children?


Joyce Nabuurs: To me this question seems to be a logical next step in the emancipation movement of the past century. More and more women entered the workspace, but the responsibility for pregnancy and childrearing remained female.

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