Leftovers: A Post-Corgi Interview with Mark McGowan
London-based performance artist Mark McGowan was kind enough to do an brief email interview with me; the transcript is as follows.
jordan: What aspects of fox hunting bothers you to the extent that you'd choose to eat a Welsh Corgi, which some could interpret as a personal insult to the Queen?
Mark: i hate guns, death killing people killing animals, there should be no wars no guns tanks planes bullets
no metal knives we could eat with our hands the queen of england has people killed in her name as well as
foxes, birds and othe assorted animals
jordan: Do you feel that popular opposition to fox hunting is partially (if not fully) a class issue, as opposed to an animal-rights issue?
mark: it is a complete class issue its only the rich and upper classes that go out and shoot for fun kill for
fun for enjoyment, excitement pleasure at seeing blood the life drain away
jordan: How did Yoko Ono get involved with your project?
Mark: she was a studio guest
jordan: What would you say to people who did not see past "Oh my, he's eating a dog!"?
Mark: a dog is a loved animal. one allowed into the house big brown beautiful eyes, stroked and kissed and given bacon from the plate
jordan: What do you think of hunt saboteurs?
Mark: i am not sure maybe they are a bit out of control, but they go to any lenghts not to make a difference but resist
jordan: Have you gotten a lot of hate mail?
Mark: sooooo much, but some positive ones too
jordan: Any direct threats?
Mark: a few contracts have been taken out on me i think you can get $300, is that alot
[jordan: no, not really-- about a hundred fifty quid! Not enough to hire Scaramanga]
jordan: This latest act was mainly staged, as it were, on the radio, but it was recorded on video with some elements of costume and props. Are you planning any pieces that are primarily intended for video distribution, online
Mark: i have the re-enactment of the conception of prince william on sale for £50
jordan: Were there any leftovers? If so, who took them home, you or Ms. Ono? Styrofoam or those little folded-paper pails?
Mark: we left the meat on the street