Pascal Schwaighofer

Visual Artist
Postdoctoral Fellow at Franklin University Switzerland
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Cornell University
Mellon Graduate Fellow, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University (2022-23)

B for Benommenheit, 2017
Awning, clay, showcase, smartphone, plastic, documents
Dimensions variable

Exhibition view: Museum Haus Konstruktiv, 2017

Awarded the 2017 Canton Zurich Art Award

«Die Benommenheit ist das Grundwesen des Organismus.» Martin Heidegger, Die Grundbegriffe der Metaphysik

Starting from the logo of a former grocery the work is an attempt to track a verisimilar ontology of the “Animal” and its consequent iconography. The work consists of an assemblage of visual testimony, archeological reconstruction, and a fictional display.

With a quote from Hedegger’s “What is Metaphysics?” in which he designates the animal as “poor in world”, an exerpt of Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Cartoon, and a butcher’s wrapping paper, the aim is to unfold one of the many Western anthropocentric representation of the “Animal.”