Every summer since 2009, DESTE has invited an artist or group of artists to create an exhibition in the Foundation’s Project Space, a former slaughterhouse on the island of Hydra. This year, DESTE is happy to present a site-specific project by David Shrigley titled Laughterhouse, which will be on view between June 19 and September 30, 2018.
Laughterhouse is a presentation in the Slaughterhouse of a documentary film about goats whose cries sound like those of human beings.
It is amusing to behold goats making these sounds and it is intended to be a funny film. However; slaughterhouses are not funny places. Particularly if you are a vegetarian or a goat. The contradiction between the comedy of the film and the history of the space is the motivation behind this artwork.
At the opening of the project a presentation of a piece of music took place that was created using the goat sounds from the film. The performance used electric guitars created by the artist. In addition to this, there was a small intervention on the tables of the cafés on Hydra: customers at these establishments were invited to season their food with ‘Invisible Dust’ sprinkled from a specially created ceramic vessel.
David Shrigley was born in 1968 in Macclesfield, UK. He is now based in Brighton, UK.
Shrigley, a Turner Prize nominee in 2013, is best known for his distinctive drawing style and works that make satirical comments on everyday situations and human interactions. While drawing is at the center of his practice, the artist also works across an extensive range of media including sculpture, large-scale installation, animation, painting, photography and music.