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Henrik Haukeland, They Made a Meme Out of My Legacy , 2020. Courtesy the artist.

They Made a Meme Out of My Legacy

Henrik Haukeland

16 Mar–2 Apr 2022

They Made a Meme Out of My Legacy is an exhibition that explores the emotional possibilities of cloning, as seen through the lens of Barbra Streisand’s choice to clone her dog, Samantha. The story is told through a variety of mediums, including video and hand-sewn textile sculptures made out of materials that embody the domestic, echoing the familiarity of the household pet.

The project raises questions of ethics and accessibility, as connected to the responsibility and influence of celebrities. What is a clone, and what are the pros and cons of cloning? Is the cloning of pets a step on the way towards cloning humans, and could Streisand’s example be part of the normalisation of cloning in society?

Cloning evokes conflicts concerning uniqueness and individuality, and exposes us to the uncanniness of copies. The exhibition approaches these subjects via the specificities of Streisand’s case, anchoring it to one individual’s perspective.

Once upon a time, cloning was science fiction; today, it is simply science. The question is, what do we do with this knowledge? We know what Barbra Streisand did. She cloned her dog. She cloned her dog, and may have, in the process, made a meme out of her legacy.

Onsite, Exhibition
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They Made a Meme Out of My Legacy is an exhibition that explores the emotional possibilities of cloning, as seen through the lens of Barbra Streisand’s choice to clone her dog, Samantha.

Opening: 12 Aug 2021, 8am–10am

This program takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded - this land is stolen land. We pay respects to Wurundjeri Elders, past, present and emerging, to the Elders from other communities and to any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who might encounter or participate in the program.

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Working on unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, Blindside pays respect to Elders, past, present and emerging.

Working on unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, Blindside pays respect to Elders, past, present and emerging.

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