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“Tangible and real and vivid and meaningful”: Lucy Kimbell’s not-knowing about rats

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Lucy Kimbell describes herself as an artist and interaction designer whose recent work disturbs evaluation cultures in management, technology and the arts. One Night with Rats in the Service of Art is in fact her only animal-themed project to date, though the projects concern with the ways in which rats get enmeshed in human evaluation cultures certainly connects it to other aspects of her art and design practice. Kimbells own awareness of and attentiveness to her working methods allows her to be surprisingly forthright about the limitations of her knowledge. One of the decision pointsthe ridiculous decision pointsin the proposed Rat Evaluated Artworks tubular maze is a junction where one route suggests that the rat has decided that this artwork entails ethical dilemmas and the alternative suggests that it entails no ethical dilemmas.

Keywords: Lucy Kimbell; Rat



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