Lambstein

Nicole Rayburn

Festivals: M:ST 5 Biennial | October 8 - 22, 2010.

Referencing Frankenstein, Lambstein, is a performance of a human in a lamb suit lying motionless on a silver table. It provokes questions of cloning and mutatious transformations, questioning the boundaries of the monstrous and the ‘natural’. The body of the lamb on the examination table references both the film Frankenstein and the first cloned lamb, Dolly, while its stillness and horizontal pose occupies an ambiguous space between life and death. This gesture seeks to evoke questions surrounding the social status of genetically manipulated organisms and discussions surrounding the issue of their being ‘real’ or ‘natural’ or not and the subsequent treatment that is dependent on this determination.