Recently I’ve been volunteering at The Bluecoat in Liverpool invigilating at The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things – an exhibition curated by Mark Leckey, read my first post on volunteering. I spoke about the giant inflatable Felix the cat installation and various reactions he created.on my second sitting with Felix I started to think about the relationship between his influence on society and the size of the installation, I also did a bit of background reading like any good invigilator.
Felix the cat was a popular cultural icon from 1919 onwards is the artist trying to convey Felix’s cultural status with the size of the installation? My thoughts lead me to think that this is not the intended interpretation because you know, he could of used a contemporary reference like Bart Simpson if that was the message
I was also thinking about cats, just about cats in general cultural terms, Felix shows historically that cultural forums have known the cuteness of cats and how they effect the general public. Contextually this is true with the internet, I know more than a handful of people that regularly spend hours in a YouTube-hole watching kittens, this morning I’ve spent over an hour on PROCATINATOR.
Felix was the original cat in entertainment, he has been the nations cat for just under 100 year now. Of course I have also thought about possibility that the balloon could have just been to celebrate Felix’s birthday or something?