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  The Acorn Pig Projekt

tradition, ethics, landscape, quality and the soul of animals...

Tradition, ethics, landscape, quality and the soul of pigs: This words are connected to the Acorn Pig, which has a long tradition in Spain (Pata Negra) and which show up since 2003 in Germany.

How this would function and how this would taste, this had been the content of the intervention of Insa Winkler’s Acorn Pig Society.

10 pigs, bought from a conventional pig farm, did live in a small village Ganderkesee-Schlutter, close to Delmenhorst in Saxony on a grassland under a big Oak tree.

The project happen together with ten partners, each payed for one pig. The documentation with video shows, how the pigs are feed with acorns and trained for an Acorn Pig Race.

The agriculture project, which has been also a research about the circumstances of slaughter, did choice a very special man, who cares for farmers which still have pigs living in traditional keeping methods and which care for them from birth to death personally.

In today’s agriculture life, pigs only get 4 month old, being feed mostly with Soja from South America and then carried in big slaughter houses, sometimes 20.000 each day.

But this time the Acorn Pigs live 8 month to 16 month and had a great time with digging, eating acorns. Some of them came to know wintertime and they have been a good reference that even just normal hybrid pigs could live like that.

It is a permanent change of feeling, like all brave farmers to have a good and personal relationship to animals, but also producing food.

The big message of the project is: If you eat meet. you should be able to look those animals in their eyes. If not you better stay vegan. It is better to celebrate meet rarely in a very clear and social reflex ion of celebrating meals and pay more, than so separate between animal to look at and anonymous animals to eat as cheep meet.

A lot of farmers would change their methods for animal keeping if consumers would accept the circumstances of farming work.

How could it happen, that meet is more cheep than vegetables?
I hope that vegetarians are not only refusing meat, but do real actions against massproduction.

This Acorn Pigs and the products what they giving is sacrefied food with the spirit of culture and land and of sustain human and animal relation.

The domestic animal of human being incur into the machinery of the European agar industry. As an object of this intensive factory farming it becomes the danger of the landscape.

A long consideration Insa Winkler’s with the relation of art and nature, the change and sustainability of landscape and in this context the fmore than five year during work on the Acorn Pig Project are finding its contemporary, anything but final completion in the mobile Installation of the Acorn Pig Cinema.

In advance of the film there have been preceding activities in almost all media, from the drawing, beyond the documentation, computer graphic, photos, sculptures up to performances about this project.

For this the artist made extraordinary charges and negotiate strong oppositions. Grounding association, interviews with farmers of conventional pig farming, studies of durability, acquisition, search for land, authorization to keep pigs outside, buying pigs and learning to keep them fattening with acorns. A daily occupation with the pigs was necessary and their monitoring and preparation for a race.

Insa Winkler is connecting with this action, after her understanding mass production, industrial meet production, the growing dependence of farming from the agar industry and therewith destroying of landscape with monoculture and fields for liquid manure, exemplary proposals to optimise human and animal life.

Her apparent recourse to old forms of living – keeping piglets in the acorn forests – like still in Spain and Italy – is not a romance, but meanwhile an exigent claim of the science to the biodiversity of landscape.

Thereby Insa Winkler stays an artist. Art as intervention include the argumentation with the bureaucracy, dialog with farmers, discussion with other artists just as developing a logo and a public relation – The Acorn Pig Cinema. The performance as the highlight and the documentation of the process for clarification.

translation of the text from Jürgen Weichardt, Oldenburg 2007

 

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Pict..1 Acorn Pig Race
Pict.. 2 portrait for Insa Winkler von Jan Zappner

Publication

  • The Handbook of Art and Ecology“, British Council of Art, London, 2007
  • Zeitschrift NIEDERSACHSEN, Heft 1/2007, Hg. Niedersächsischer Heimatbund
  • e.V., Hannover (Beitrag von Charlotte Brinkmann)
  • "o.T. - Magazin für Kunst, Architektur, Design", Heft Nr. 9/ Jan 07, Hamburg (Beitrag von Charlotte Brinkmann)
  • NWZ, Weserkurier, Delmenhorster Kreisblatt, November 2006
  • Rat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung der Deutschen Bundesrepublik, Berlin, 2006
  • Vegetation, künstlerische Fotographie, Carmen Oberst Edition Art Lexikon 3
  • Skulpturenlandschaft Osnabrück 2007, Hersg. TopOs Vereion für Neue Kunst Osnabrück, Rasch- Verlag, ISBN 3-89946-096-0
  • Ökomedien Ecomedia, edith ruß haus f. Medienkunst, Oldenburg, Hatje Cantz Verlag, ISBN 978-3-7757-2048-9
  • The symbol of the project is the silhouette of a pig eating oak leaves which are at the same time stylized wings. This motive will become the emblem for a region with cultural and ecological perspectives for the future. The “acorn mobile”, a tractor with a cart in the form of an acorn, will distribute oak trees as an artistic action in the area and accompany the whole project in its local context.

    Developement

      2003
    • Konzept für das Eichelschwein Projekt (Internationales Künstlersymposium Cultura 21, Entwicklung des ländlichen Raumes in Sachsen)
    • 2004
    • Video portrait „familiy farming“ in der EU /Deutschland, „Künstler treffen Landwirte, >slap e.V
    • Machbarkeitsstudie für Eichelschweinhaltung in Sachsen
      Seminar mit Studenten der Landwirtschaftsschule Grossenhain
    • 2005
    • Performance zum Eicheln Sammeln in Oldenburg, Floss Evening, VHDG, Leeuwarden (Niederlande).
    • 2006
    • Ausstellung in der Galerie Heike Strelow_ Projektbüro für Kunst und Kultur, Frankfurt, (Manifest der Eichelschweingesellschaft)
    • Die Eichelschweingesellschaft
    • Das Eichelschwein Rennen Ganderkesee Schlutter

 


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