Like Beuys, Like Beuys, 2013-2017

"Beuys" is the name of German famous artist who lived between 1921-1986. In Bangkok, Thailand on August 29, 2013, one African grey parrot was born. Her name is "Beuys". "Beuys" is not only the name of the art pioneer of 20 century but also the name of a parrot.

Since September 2013, I have started working with “Beuys” (African Grey Parrot). Time and activities are the basis research tools for the project. At the beginning, there are 3 rules which someone who live with parrots should know: supporting them play hard, giving them eat best and letting them sleep tight. Especially they need the security of a trusting relationship with their humans. Therefore, creating a deep and lasting bond with Grey, time is very important. However, in this project, I don't want just only to create the new relationship between me and Beuys, but I also would like to learn about 'social life' by observing and participating. Moreover I am interested in what John Cage called 'the open art work'. From this idea, I have proposed a variety of activities to play with “Beuys” by referring to “Beuys' art projects”. For instant I put the song “Sonne statt Reagan” on the play for her, I give her toys; small rabbit dolls and teach her to speak some sentences, "everyone is an artist", etc. Anyway she is not a robot. I can feed her, touch her tiny head, and play with her but I cannot force her to do what I want, while she does not want. On the contrary she tends to train me to do her bidding because she can think and has her own mind! All the activities are recorded in both moving images and photos. For me, this is the most interesting thing to work with Beuys. What will happen soon? It will be absolutely the open-end project that nobody knows. Beuys and me will work together to find the new sensory experience and finish this project.