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Animal Art - 19.10.07

Artist Mark Wallinger, whose State Britain installation at Tate Britain is nominated for this year’s Turner Prize, has submitted a video called Sleeper for the award’s exhibition at Tate Liverpool. The video sees Wallinger, cunningly disguised as a bear, shuffling around Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Astragal has just one question (and it is wailed pitifully): What does it all mean? Well, according to the Times the piece has ‘complex political implications’, and just one of these is ‘the bears of Berlin Zoo that will, apparently, never procreate.’ What would Mies have made of it?

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