Chicks on Speed & Collaborators, 2023 Immersive installation.

Artwork Description

An audiovisual manifesto interwoven into the polymorphic, processional patina of sound waves, textiles, flesh and moving image. Meat becomes lettuce, becomes microbes. A colourful & pop metaphorical explosion of humour meating advanced artistic research, asking the questions; what is actually meat, can our needs and desires be met without destroying the planet and the future of food?


Sculpture Credits

Concept and design by Chicks on Speed (Alex Murray-Leslie & Melissa E. Logan) and Kathi Glas.

Construction: Marius Reed & Chicks on Speed (Melissa E. Logan & Alex Murray-Leslie), sewing by Kathi Glas.

‘Foodie Art Print’ by Chicks on Speed (Melissa E. Logan & Alex Murray-Leslie), screen printing and painting by Johnny Dogday, commissioned by Bruno Enrich for Bar 68, Barcelona.

‘Flesh Pattern’ hand painted by Kathi Glas

‘Meatball, Chop and Bacon’ & ‘Kobi Beef’ screen print by Leslie Johnson & Catarina Gartner

Installed by: Øystein Digre, Marius Reed, Joshua Dekia, Mohammad Bayesteh & Andreas Fortes, supported by Arnfinn Killingtveit, Anne Maisey and Abdelaziz Abker Ibrahim, Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, NTNU.

Video Credits

“Meat&Drag” music video

“Impossible foods NOW!”: Animated, sound tracked and edited by Unnur Andrea Einarsdóttir, slogans written by Alex Murray-Leslie, Unnur Andrea Einarsdóttir, Sophia Efstathiou & Leslie Johnson. “What is beautiful is not always right, what is right is not always beautiful” quote by George Monbiot, Regenisis, Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet, 2022.

“An interview with ORLAN about Drag, Carnal Art, Femininity? and Flesh, Rue de la Fontaine, Paris, 12th November, 2022”

Video & field recordings from Vigianello, Italy, of calls between humans and other animals. Recorded and edited by James Bridle for the exhibition 'Il Paesa di Cuccagna', co-curated by James Bridle and Navine G Khan-Dossos for I-DEA, Matera City of Culture, 2019.

"An Evening at Orlan's Atelier" by Ania Kepka.

“It’s all about the packaging” an explanation by Symin Adive.

Additional live telematic footage filmed during the Chicks on Speed live performance at Dokkhuset, DIKU Norwegian Artistic Research Week, 19th April, 2021 & Chicks on Speed “Uploading the Human” performance, Muffatwerk 27th July, 2022 featuring performers Melissa E. Logan, Alex Murray-Leslie, Panja Göbel, Sophia Efstathiou, Unnur Andrea Einarsdóttir, Federico Visi and Saskia von Klitzing.

Filmed by Mohammad Bayesteh, David Rych, Srinavin Kumar Raja, Prerna Bishnoi, Faezeh Valadan Zoej with editing by Mohammad Bayesteh.

Objektinstrument Sculpture supported by: Norwegian Research Council project MEATigation: Towards sustainable meat-use in Norwegian food practices for climate mitigation (KLIMAFORSK 2020-2024) & RTAI, Norwegian Artistic Research Program (DIKU) & Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, NTNU. Joshua Dekia is supported by the Erasmus+ Internship program.

Thanks to Bruce Sampson, Eivind Furre Vedlog & Odd Joar Oksås, Anne Maisey, SOT Bar for blue oil barrel & KUK for the loan of audiovisual equipment. Additional thanks: Geir Strøm from DIKU, Dietmar Lupfer & the team at Muffatwerk, Munich. Artistic researcher for Chicks on Speed is Annett Busch.

Photos by Dixin Wang

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