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In 2009-10, in an absurd and fantastical attempt at emphasising the sterility of contemporary culture, George Egerton-Warburton endeavoured to organise a stampede of 500 chickens down Smith Street, Collingwood.
There, a surplus of food donated by local restaurants was to be made available to the gaggle of excited poultry, before they were carefully mustered into the backyard of Next Wave Festival director, Jeff Khan, to fertilise it for the upcoming gardening season.
At the conclusion of the stampede, the chickens were to be given away to members of the public, to take home and care for, in the interest of self-sufficiency.
The Chicken Stampede is a performance, exhibition and artist book that unfolds the ideas and processes behind this visionary and ambitious project. Each of the projectâ€™s elements reveal how, despite encountering much resistance towards his idea, Egerton-Warburton maintains that it is at once shocking, completely reasonable, and very necessary that we should see these chickens on our streets.
Supporters: Department of Community and the Arts â€“ Western Australia, the Australia Council for the Arts, Lamington Drive
About the artist: George Egerton-Warburton
â€œWith a low-fi, low-brow, nervey aesthetic derivative of only the bad aspects of showmen such as Alexander McQueen, Italian Renaissance Architecture, Lanvin storefronts, Tadashi Kawamata, and Barry McGee, informed by the emotional maturity of a twelve year old school girl, with the conceptual backing of a crack fuelled orgy between Dan Brown, Eckhart Tolle, Paulo Coehlo, and Kojonupâ€™s Catholic priest, George Egerton-Warburton feebly writes bad reviews for himself with the indecent intention of fishing for compliments, proving that he shows no indication of breaking any artistic boundaries anytime soon.â€ – George Egerton-Warburton
NB: Â Filming was done impromtu after the megahorns rolled past the back door of Bravo Charlie, I grabbed the camera and mic, jumped on the bike and got ahead of the squawking to deliver you this footage. Â Hope you enjoy! Â – Philip Bateman