Maja Smrekar lived in seclusion with her dogs as part of the lengthy artistic experiment, which was titled "K-9_topology."
During that time, she triggered her body to produce breast milk by systematic breast pumping. She then breastfed her puppy Ada to explore "the social and ideological instrumentalization of the female body and breastfeeding."
Comment: The only thing this poor woman is 'exploring' is her own disordered psychological makeup. In a sane society, she would be deemed in need of psychological help. In our 'modern' society, she wins awards and is emulated.
Smrekar also took a fat cell from another dog, Byron, and used it to fertilize one of her eggs using a method similar to IVF. The fat cell was a non-sexual cell, so no dog's sperm was used in the project.
The artist said on her website that the project grew out of the "observation of zeitgeist through the so called thanatopolitical dimension of contemporary biopolitical practices." She created a video (parts NSFW) depicting all the stages of the artistic work.
Comment: In case you were wondering, the quoted statement above is completely meaningless in this context. 'Thanatopolitical' is a term coined by 'postmodern' nutjob 'philosopher' Michel Foucault to describe the politics of organizing who should live and who should die (and how) in a given form of society. 'Biopolitics' means basically the same thing. So this 'artist' claims that her decision to breastfeed a dog was based on her observation of the supposed way society and government "decides" how people die, like in wars for example. Make sense? Didn't think so. That's 'postmodernism' for ya.
Despite the bizarre nature of the project, it proved remarkably popular with experts and was awarded the top prize in the Hybrid art section of the Prix Ars Electronica, one of the best known prizes in the field of electronic and interactive art.
"What is making this artwork so special is the total commitment of the artist," the jury said in a statement.
Comment: Yes, it's 'special' for sure. But not in a good way. The artist's 'total commitment' to this project should see her committed, along with the jury members.
"Exposing her body to hormone roller-coasters of false pregnancy and organizing the lab infrastructure to execute the complicated biotech protocol in order to create a poetic masterpiece evoking the challenges of posthumanistic dilemma.
Comment: A poetic masterpiece? She breastfed a DOG for god's sake! Get her some psychological help!
"K-9_topology is a true hybrid artwork with a profound bio-political message and is certain to bring a lot of discussion to the audience from both the art and science sides".
Comment: Oooh! A 'bio-political message' no less! Ideally this crass 'art' would bring a lot of discussion about the sickness that has taken hold of Western society and manifesting most clearly in 'art'. But don't hold your breath.