of the main elements of Jenny Hunts work is the use of methodology.
The application of scientific method provides proof of a theory and
seemingly establishes it as fact. The believable conclusions establish
a certain amount of security or at least the illusion of security.
For the scientist an accepted theory is there to be disproved. Richard
Feynman said the exceptions to any rules are the most interesting
in themselves, for they show us that the old rule is wrong. And it
is most exciting then to find what the right rule, if any, is.
It is this uncertainty in science that is both unsettling and inspiring.
Revolutionary theories include this element of error and random behaviour,
as in Heisenburgs Uncertainty Principle and chaos theory.
Trying to comprehend theories such as particle wave duality almost
seems absurd. With the evident instability in science and some of
its more obscure theories, there seems to be a point where anything
seems possible no matter how nonsensical.
The ridiculous is evident in Hunts performances in which she
uses her pseudo-science to attempt to explain a ridiculous theory.
However seemingly absurd there is usually a real study not so far
from her fictional proposition. One example of this is her performance
I Dont Want Malaria made in response to her time spent in the
Malaria Unit with David Conway and his colleagues. In this performance,
she claims that persons studying malaria have a higher concentration
of a specific hormone in their bodies that causes an inclination of
the left hand's middle finger to the left. There appears to be similar
existing studies where the inclination of a finger due to testosterone
levels is linked to sexuality.
In I Dont Want Malaria the use of illustrations, specifically
a video, comments on the role usually adopted by the artist as the
illustrator to aid the communication of science theory.
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