Taxidermy, from the Greek words taxis (arrangement) and dermy (skin), is a practice that consists in stuffing deceased animals in order for them to acquire a life like form. Such works have existed for centuries, but, the technical and methodological approaches have drastically changed over the years. Currently, taxidermy has restricted its depth of interest to hunters, zoos, and a few peculiar souls. However, one must not be deceived into disregarding this practice as obsolete considering its poor mercantile nature; this practice is important. It bears the capacity to be an area of enlightening cohabitation. The profession weaves together both science and art in the flesh of the animals it immortalizes. This co-existence manifests itself in the endeavor of the taxidermist: suspension of time and stabilized movement, arguably both ideals the artist or scientist continually desires - an archetypical reality in which things indefinitely ‘are’. However, where taxidermy is such a great practice it is in the emergent life made explicit in these more than dead animals, the constant genesis of these creatures makes one realize the impossibility for the two domains to ever encounter the ideal form.
Je tiens à remercier Albert, Johnny et Michel sans qui ce film n’aurait pas pu être possible.