Why is the show called the Dead Hare Radio Hour?
Joseph Beuys, How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare (26 November 1965),
performance documentation at Galerie Alfred Schmela, Düsseldorf. via e-flux
The image of the hare (living and dead) has populated works throughout the history of art. One aspect of Beuys’ piece is the allusion to this presence and, by default, we’re doing the same.
Dirk Valkenburg, Still life with dead Hare and Partridges 1717
In regard to Beuys’ piece, the homage we’re paying is to an aspect of that work that Beuys certainly did not intend; the futility of it all. The futility of discussing visual culture on the radio is our project.
Another appealing quality of the name is its opacity. For those unaware of its reference to Beuys’ work it renders a fugitive image in the mind of the beholder. Hare or hair? Indeed, there’s a strong relationship between the genre of radio station one listens to and the hairstyle one sports on one’s head and we are honoring that synchronicity.
Also, Dead Hare has a lovely semblance of the term “dead air” – a constant reminder to us now we’re on the radio.
And no. We don’t liken our audience to a dead hare.