Felix the Cat

  • 2013
  • Mark Leckey
  • Fabric, blower
  • 10 x 5 x 5 m

While surfing the Internet, Leckey found an image of a cat figure surrounded by strange devices. A cartoon character invented in 1919, Felix was the first subject broadcast when NBC began testing its equipment. At a conference given in the form of a performance in 2008, the artist reviewed the episode: The cat is first a wild animal. The Egyptians considered the cat a divinity; it was domesticated by man and “electrified” at the beginning of the 20th century in the form of a cartoon. Idolised once again, the cat was turned into an immaterial electronic signal in 1928: “an eternal and universal image”. This inflatable Felix the Cat, which featured in Macy's Halloween Parade in New York, celebrates a feline pioneer of the digital age.

© Mark Leckey. Photo © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Luc Castel


Mark Leckey

“I’m a fetishist and I fetishise things, I'm drawn to these things and I'm obsessed by them, I have to somehow possess them, because I sense that they possess me. I want a form of reciprocity.”

Mark Leckey draws inspiration from his cultural and material environment. His world is online and digital, made up of cybernetic and bionic technologies. He talks about it through his own obsessions, often objects that he uses in installations, films and sometimes performances.

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