Visceral Petting Zoo

Participatory sound performance about cute aggression

Visceral Petting Zoo is a participatory sound performance where a menagerie of cute but creepy creatures come to life. The performance demonstrates the ambiguous relationship between affection and revulsion through the concept of “cute aggression” — a cognitive phenomenon that describes the strong urge to bite, squeeze or otherwise harm particularly cute beings. The audience is also invited to interact with the critters, creating an engaging but perhaps uneasy experience that exposes the subversive power of cuteness.

The performance was presented at EKA Gallery in Tallinn 27—29 August 2021. Supported by The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike).