taxidermied turtle and armadillo cameras by taiyo onorato + nico krebs
taxidermied turtle and armadillo cameras by taiyo onorato + nico krebs taxidermied turtle and armadillo cameras by taiyo onorato + nico krebs
apr 23, 2013

taxidermied turtle and armadillo cameras by taiyo onorato + nico krebs

taiyo onorato + nico krebs’ taxidermy turtle and armadillo camerascamera (turtle 1), 2011image © taiyo onorato + nico krebs



swiss artists taiyo onorato and nico krebs have gone back to the stone ages with their ‘camera collection’, handcrafting a variety of different photographic devices that highlight the wasteful practice of taxidermy techniques – translating them into functional objects by using re-claimed shells from turtles, armadillos and horns. re-fashioned in a flinstones-esque style, the cameras overview the duo’s fascination for the history of photography and nature of the medium. the concept is part of a two-part print series which includes ‘as long as it photographs it must be a camera’, a publication with images taken using the modified electronics.



camera (armadillo), 2012image © taiyo onorato + nico krebs



camera (voodoo), 2012image © taiyo onorato + nico krebs



camera (horn), 2011image © taiyo onorato + nico krebs



camera (turtle 2), 2011image © taiyo onorato + nico krebs



installation viewlight of other days, foam, amsterdam, 2012image © christian van der kooy



installation viewlight of other days, foam, amsterdam, 2012image © christian van der kooy



via the verge

  • Not sure if I understand the significance of using parts from a turtle or armadillo, I feel like the same aesthetic could have been drawn from other materials. All in the name of art I guess!

    Mr Green says:
  • This is disgusting…shame on you Designboom. You’ve just lost a reader.

    Mick says:
  • Why even publicise this? It’s an utter disgrace to use animal parts for this in a vain attempt to court controversy for the sake of “ART” This is not art it’s a tribute to the creators own narcissism and ignorance.

    Mark says:
  • WTF!!!

    SJS says:
  • For me, it is cruel and disturbing.

    Lucia says:
  • Absolutely hideous ! What’s next, using human bones from your deceased grandmother ??

    Miss Ringwald says:
  • I am very disappointed. It is not explained if the corpses of animals who died naturally were used for this or whether there is some actual use to their bodies other than pure aesthetics…. I know this page can do much better than this!

    GlowyPR says:
  • reeeeeally horrible

    Paul says:
  • What a great idea, just beautiful!

    claudeL says:
  • Horrible. Why are you even advertising violence to animals?

    Bidibadi says:
  • I hope they didn’t use real animals to do this ‘art’.
    It is really cruel and nonsense.

    Paula Erre says:
  • The article states that the materials are “re-claimed”, that leads me to believe that the work was made from turtles and armadillos that had already passed away. With that in mind, I find the work aesthetically beautiful and interesting.

    Jakki says:
  • just clicked on this to read the comments

    qui says:
  • Sinistre

    JM says:
  • It’s FOAM people, not dead animals. Read the descriptions.

    Justin Schier says:
  • I honestly feel physically less intelligent after glancing at this article

    Guille says:
  • All you commenters, need to READ the intro before you let loos with all your righteous condemnation.

    “handcrafting a variety of different photographic devices that highlight the wasteful practice of taxidermy techniques translating them into functional objects by using RE-CLAIMED shells from turtles, armadillos and horns”

    I think that we can safely say that the animals had been killed or died long before the artists turned them into cameras. That being said, I do not really like this work, but does not mean it is disgusting.

    morgan says:
  • And Mick, if this upsets you somuch that you would stop looking at this website. go find a wall and get over it. There are far worse things in the world than this..

    morgan says:
  • A more grim article than this you won’t find on Designboom. Turtles and armadillo’s are in the red book of endangered species. Naturally the creators of this rubbish know this and did it to raise controversy. I am sure in their mind controversy is identical to art. Not so. This sprouts from troubled adolescents. Re-claimed or not. One should not even suggest that endangered dead animals are material for art, food, medicine or whatever. It sustains a market and give idea’s to others with even more degenerate minds.

    Airborne says:
  • SONY made a video game called Monster Hunter where the player run around a virtual world hunting monsters, and harvesting the animal’s hide & claws etc for armor and weapons upgrade to hunt after bigger badder monsters. These works are like a real life hipster version of a similar idea.

    idle_crane says:
  • dear all,

    thank you for your comments.
    I am usually reading through our articles before they go online,
    particularly when ethical issues like animal cruelty are at hand.
    unfortunately, this one was overlooked before it went live.

    based on the original text that was published,
    we completely understand the initial harsh reactions that were expressed over the conception of these pieces.
    we have now modified it to clarify the intentions behind why the artists have made them.

    andrea db says:
  • this is realy sick! without a campaign against dying out animals, posting stuff like this is only the most comfortable way to do “art” most irresponsible. from the artist this performance against the society is realy intolerant.

    bene says:
  • We are facing the mass extinction of thousands of species so now we have some very self indulgent folks who wish to hurry the processes up a little bit. Would you post images of antique lampshades of skins by a certain group of barbarians if you approved of their intentions as well?

    Patricia PK says:
  • Not sure that taxidermy waste is a huge issue, but interesting pieces none-the-less.

    xkyzero says:
  • I bet almost everyone that made the scathing comments above is wearing leather on their feet or has it in there car or on there couches. That is animal skin that YOU are using for “aesthetics” there are many other things you could use from nylon to canvas. Try not to be so hypocritical.

    JDiz says:

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