Survival of the Fittest


In many of his participatory installations, Dieter Buchhart comes to grips with the relationship of society to nature and calls into question – in a mostly unspectacular, subtle way – our social guidelines and their effects. In “Survival of the Fittest”, Dieter Buchhart works with taxidermal animal specimens. He prompts visitors, in front of a mirror, to place the creature they most hate on the bright red pedestal and exterminate it. By way of the mirror, the visitor becomes a part of the work and himself an object for extermination. Through this interaction, the Darwinian evolutionary system is newly defined, and the hierarchy established by the natural history system called into question.