Kuru is no ordinary virus. Generally viruses have a short incubation time, but this one is transmitted via cannibalism and take years, even decades before it grows and develops. It’s the kind of virus that make holes in peoples brain and eventually deteriorate them.
Our culture is based on feeding off one another – an incubated disease of disruption and perhaps an inevitable decay. It is precisely this mechanism that makes the Kuru interesting. The mixed media installation, Invasive Species, is based on critical ideas of savagery, civilisation and colonialism as well as consumption and the collapsed value system embedded within the legacy of mass markets.
In 1930, Oswald de Andre articulated Cultural Cannibalism, through the intention of subsuming foreign cultures under a Brazilian identity in what he called ‘poetry for export’. The question of ‘poetry’ remains as a group of researchers goes into the amazon bringing red nylon garments as principles of importance, manifesting the invasive, objectifying and infectious virus of what can only be described as minds of disintegrated popular thoughts.