"Sam" is a work in the Baby Bunnies series by TINKEBELL.
The Baby Bunnies series provides an analysis of the
consumptive attitude that (post)modern man has taken on in relation
The pet is developing from 'man's best friend' into a
completely commodified article of consumption.
Pets are no longer bred purely for their function (think of
for instance the duck hunt) but are also selected on their
aesthetic value and the way in which the animal will fit its
(future) urban environment.
Hypoallergenic cats and phospholuminescent fish are just some
of the tragic examples of this process.
We're currently witnessing a development which is focused on
creating the 'perfect' pet.
Due to breeding programs and genetic manipulation, we can
recreate the pet into its 'ultimate', fantasy-based form,
asresembled by (plastic) toy pets: Smooth skinned or fluffy. Candy
pink or with 'natural' color patches, featuring big shiny
and/or limbs you can manipulate.
Mankind has been trying to dominate the animal kingdom for
millennia and this ongoing endeavour will eventually result in the
A pet that can be adjusted to the wishes and desires of its
owner. A pet that will be the perfect accessory in daily (social)