It’s called CAFO or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, the process by which animals born for mass consumption are placed in confined space and fed copiously to fatten, to become a tasty morsel for human mouths.
Are we shocked? Not particularly. It is a well-known industry designed to manage the “too many humans to feed and not enough fields to grow (animals or plants)” state of our current existence. And yet the six-minute snippet Le Surconsommation taken from Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson’s 2011 documentary Samsara which was re-released on to the internet this week struck a horrifying chord upon watching. Is it the cruelty to animals as described above that is so distressing, or the mile long meat preparatory houses manned by overall-clad workers who have to kill, cut and gut all day? We’re not sure which is worse.
The entire film took over four years to produce, moving across 25 different countries, five continents to document a contemporary approach to its title Samsara (the repeating cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth). But these six minutes carry with them a potency, a gut wrenching sense of responsibility that even a life spent as a vegetarian won’t cure.
- Hold Me Closer Tiny Dancer: the Stein sisters’ heart-warming film on child ballroom stars
- Three female art directors on collaboration, competition and confidence
- Pooneh Ghana’s ambient crowd and artist portraits from Pitchfork Music Festival make you wish you were there
- Julian Glander explains what a blockchain system is for MIT Technology Review
- “It’s a process of baby-making”: designing the horrific and hilarious multiverse of Rick and Morty
- Pouya Ahmadi uses typography to “bridge the gap between poetry, performance and space"
- The Sky Sports rebrand features bespoke type and refined logos across nine channels
- Rick and Morty’s Exquisite Corpse trailer features 22 animators including Simon Landrein and Bendik Kaltenborn
- Larry Hallegua captures sun worshippers on Pattaya Beach in Thailand
- Applicants to UK arts and design university courses declines by over 14,000 this year
- Michael Bierut designs new brand identity for the Poetry Foundation
- Design, Revolt, Rainbow: the pioneering work of graphic designer Willy Fleckhaus