Anthropomorphic hybrids, half human, half animal, moving to mesmerizing sounds in abstract, artistic landscapes. Poetry, sounds and visual media stacked over a hypnotic dance choreography. The performing artist duo Artemis Beasts explores the intersection between animal and human rights in their art performances. Time to fan out!
Vilma Duplantier and Shelly Voorhees call themselves animal advocates first and performance artists second and this prioritization shows in their creative work. As “Artemisbeasts”, the duo raises awareness for animal abuse through art and they make use of a broad field of mediums to do so.
From performance art to music, from projections and sculptural art to poetry: “We believe that the way humans treat animals is such an old and deep topic that can not be fully grasped just intellectually,” Vilma told us. “Humans are motivated by creative, reflective, active, and spiritual drives.”
“Collective experiences help us share thoughts
that may not be able to be articulated any other way.”
The name “Artemis” goes back to the Greek goddess of wild animals. She had a spiritual connection and an ability to communicate with wildlife – exactly what Vilma and Shelly hope to embody through their work, and then some.
“For our shows, we create anthropomorphic hybrids – our own human bodies with animal heads. By placing animal heads on our heads, we immerse into different realities.” So as “human/animal hybrids, we are both: The beasts and Artemis herself. We can see the world from both perspectives.”
“Animal slavery is the oldest slavery in human history”, the duo sums what drives their work. “It’s an example set from the old days how to treat each other. It’s deeply imprinted in us and we need to heal it together.”
What’s better than collective experiences like one of these stunning art performances that help us to share thoughts, ideas and visions of the interconnectedness of beings that may not be able to be articulated any other way?
See more performances on the Artemisbeasts Vimeo Page
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