art orienté objet: may the horse live in me
art orienté objet: may the horse live in me art orienté objet: may the horse live in me
aug 09, 2011

art orienté objet: may the horse live in me

‘que le cheval vive en moi’ (may the horse live in me) by art orienté objet image: miha fras

‘que le cheval vive en moi’ (may the horse live in me) by art orienté objet (marion laval-jeantet & benoît mangin)  is a medical self-experiment  / performance where the artist marion laval-jeantet allowed herself to be injected with horse blood plasma containing the entire spectrum of foreign immunoglobulins (following several months of precautions to build up her immune system). after the transfusion, the artist performed a communication ritual with a horse while wearing prosthetic horse-like stilts before her hybrid blood was extracted and freeze-dried.

image by de belles choses

immunoglobulins are biochemical messengers that control, for example, the glands and organs of the endocrine system, which is also closely tied to the nervous system, so that the artist, during and in the weeks after the performance, experienced alterations in her physiological rhythm and her consciousness, which were characterized by heightened sensibility and nervousness.

image by de belles choses

‘I had the feeling of being extra-human, I was not in my usual body. I was hyper-powerful, hyper-sensitive, hyper-nervous and very diffident. the emotionalism of an herbivore. I could not sleep. I probably felt a bit like a horse.’ – marion laval-jeantet

video of the performance and artifacts from ‘may the horse live in me’ are currently on show as part of the exhibition ‘second lives: jeux masqués et autres je remains at casino de luxembourg – forum d’art contemporain on now until september 11, 2011. more detailed information on this piece can be found here and more images can be found here


  • Fruit Cake!!!!!

    G-Mo says:
  • Wow. This is ridiculous.

    JRT says:
  • I bet she gets sexual pleasure from this experiment[url=].[/url]

    seks says:
  • Who is paying for this?

    wha? says:
  • Stupid and ignorant … I wonder who chooses the things to be published … is horrible! She is not an artist but simply an idiot who should not have this publicity.

    Dario says:
  • i bet she also makes love to the horses..

    wrewr says:
  • fingering the horses..

    hjjjk says:
  • Performance art is already often terribly ludicrous — my personal favorite is one I witnessed where a young lesbian woman had herself buried alive in a handmade coffin covered with crucifixes (while nude and in bondage gear, obviously) and then immediately exhumed — but having oneself injected with equine plasma while wearing horse stilts takes the blending of art and fetish to absurd new lows.

    If hoof in mouth disease here wants to risk her health for the sake of her bestiality fixation, I suppose that’s up to her. But we don’t have to reward her with our attention.

    naimit says:
  • This kind of thing happens when an artist takes Deleuze’s “becomming” too literally..whithout transcending its philosophical meaning into artistic one……

    Santaclosed says:
  • Want to be original.
    And certainly I do not think anything, because even if someone makes a transfusion of human group that does not apply, can die (which preferentially course).

    Turriano says:
  • if we hear about Horse Flew in few months at least we know where it started .. Obviousely artisits ( with money) dont know what to do these days ..

    MKaddoura says:
  • If you have no talent, no discipline to develop skills, no ability to observe and synthesize ideas and culture, and no creativity, then this is how you can pretend to make art.

    tod says:
  • HAHAHhhhhaaaa!

    Either a complete moron or complete bs!

    A girl who could never quite let go of her horse obsession is pretty laughable. I think most let it go by 13 or so…


    DES says:
  • And this has what to do with design or art or architecture or anything?

    Geoff Bush says:
  • It’s published under the banner of “Performance art” – do keep up Geoff.

    Pedro says:
  • MKaddoura, if I contract this “Horse Flew”, will I become Pegasus? Sign me up! I can’t wait to fly!

    HorseyHarry says:
  • Leave the horse & his blood alone.

    Jono says:
  • This is sad and sick.

    JG says:
  • comments=judegment

    why are they even allowed?

    ar says:
  • the packaging and artistic hocus pocusry screws up the concept, which is kind of interesting….people turning themselves into experiments…maybe for money.
    I can see drug companies interested in her.

    clem says:
  • its horrible….wat is she trying to prove ???

    adi says:
  • ‘I had the feeling of being extra-human, I was not in my usual body. I was hyper-powerful, hyper-sensitive,
    hyper-nervous and very diffident. the emotionalism of an herbivore. I could not sleep. I probably felt a bit like a horse.’ – wasted..childish!

    aj says:
  • i think this post just has negative comments…n the post deserves this…totally necessary act calling it ART

    baba says:
  • what nonsense!

    international says:
  • Yawn. Most of these conceptual artists are not even striving for originality so much as brand-building, and it often leads to this kind of silliness, which seems to work. re Zhu Yu. The “artist” declaring their work art should not make it so, but sadly it often does.

    mrcopernicus says:
  • It is funny how the people there were so serious..and taking pictures with zoom and macro…comon!!

    Michelangelo, Dalí, Klint, we miss you….

    Alvaro says:
  • Why?

    I don't usually leave comments says:
  • The word Art is even more perverted. From the times of Marcel Duchamp it seems that there is no end to the most weird iniciatives. I hope in the future this kind of things will be called “Imaginative Things Implemented in an Art Gallery” but not Art. I hope that the 21st Century will change this a more mature society and “supposed” more advanced intelligence individuals.

    ilikefalafelthoughi'mfromeurope says:

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