Felix the Cat, 2013

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Mark Leckey

Mark Leckey, Felix the Cat (2013)

Vue d'intallation dans l'œuvre d'Olafur Eliasson : Inside the horizon (2013)

Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

© Mark Leckey © Olafur Eliasson © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Mark Leckey, Felix the Cat (2013)

Vue d'intallation dans l'œuvre d'Olafur Eliasson : Inside the horizon (2013)

Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

© Mark Leckey © Olafur Eliasson © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

The artist first became interested in Felix the Cat in the mid-2000s.

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.

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Mark Leckey

Born in 1964, in Birkenhead (United Kingdom)
Lives and works in London (United Kingdom)

“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.”
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