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Marianna Simnett

1986, UK

  • TUE - SUN
    23/04 > 25/09
    11 AM - 7 PM

    FRI - SAT UNTIL 25/09
    11 AM - 8 PM

    TUE - SUN
    27/09 > 27/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Marianna Simnett’s animal and human protagonists are “always becoming something other than themselves.” Drawing upon the mythic structures of fairy tales and fables, her new video installation The Severed Tail explores the tail as a lost link between animal and human: a reminder of our “animal selves” that is reclaimed in the film through extreme episodes of fetish and play. Simnett takes the commonly practiced, if partially outlawed, procedure of animal tail docking through frenetic visual and narrative subversions to open up questions about the conventions of species, gender, and our relationship to others. The Severed Tail shifts between human and non-human actors to tell the story of a piglet’s radical journey through different layers of fetish worlds. The metamorphic and ultimately cathartic nature of this odyssey is amplified through the work’s spatial dimensions: the constantly shifting focal point of three asynchronous screens mirrors its protagonist’s sense of bewilderment and wonder, while a plush sculptural seating element—an outsized tail that snakes through the exhibition space—gestures towards what has been lost. A tale of transformation and desire, The Severed Tail delves into the slippages between species—and their mutual transformations—arguing for hybridity as a foundational state of being.


Marianna Simnett, The Severed Tail (still), 2022. 3-channel video installation with 7.1 surround sound, 20 minutes 30 seconds (loop) Courtesy the Artist; Société, Berlin. © Marianna Simnett

The Severed Tail
Production credits

Written, Directed and Edited by: Marianna Simnett
Produced by: Milana Murzo, Kasia Rycerska, nobodyreadsthetext_
Director of Photography: Robbie Ryan, BSC

Kiani Del Valle

Phoenix Chase-Meares

Femi Oyewole

Frank Künster

Doogie Mouse
Parma Ham

Japanese Waltzing Mouse

Vacanti Mouse
Genesis Fawn

Mirna Funk

Dogshow Host
Colin Self

Remo Silverpaw

Ingeborg Wie

Austin Fagan, Esselle Agency

Maia Joseph, Esselle Agency

Lorenzo Savino, Esselle Agency

Nobutaka Shomura, Esselle Agency

Nobutaka Shomura, Esselle Agency

Giusy Cirillo, Esselle Agency

Maciej Wilk

Production Designer: Emilia Margulies
Costume Designer: Mona May
Music Composed, Recorded and Performed by: Colin Self
Choreographer: Kiani Del Valle
Production Manager: Emily Palmer
1st Assistant Director: Dennis Gadour
1st Assistant Director Replacement: Kasia Rycerska
Production Assistant: Amanda Carrillo Gonzalez
1st Assistant to Set Designer: Kit Lewis
Assistants to Set Designer: Merlin Andrae, David Eder, Cyrill Kreißl, Tiarnan McMorrow, Jun Ortega
Camera 1st AC: Florence Skinner
Camera 2nd AC: Pia Klein
2nd Unit Camera: Leander Ott
2nd Unit 1st AC: Otis Witt
2nd Unit 2nd AC: Nicole Medvecka
Steadicam: Lucas Heinze
Video Operator: Jan Kroll
Grip: Daniele Boselli
Data Wrangler: Bartosz Mienik
Sound Recordist: Richard Meyer
Boom Operator: Max Knepper
Gaffer: Janne Ebel
Best Boy: Ben Stach
Electrician: Arne Weiss
Additional Light Labour: Regina Wiebe
Rigger: Paula Riquelme
1st Costume Assistant to Mona May: Halla Farhat
Costume Assistants: Gloria Sophie Wille, Diego Martinez, Vi Nghiem Tuong
Main Set Costumier: Ilona Karaczony
Set Costumiers: Gloria Sophie Wille, Diego Martinez, Sina Kempe
Commissioned pieces handmade by: Elodie Carstensen, Yao Liao
Piglet’s Crown handmade by: Marianna Simnett
Horse dress by: Studio Obectra
Sheep dress by: Krystian Szymczak
Tails by: Mowkys Den
Pup masks by: P&C Creations
Special Effects Makeup Artist: Una Ryu
Makeup Artist: Leana Ardeleanu
Makeup Artist Assistant: Caroline Raick
Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist Assistant: Dominika Obacz
Set Photographer: Krystian Lipiec
Guest Set Photographer: Vitali Gelwich
Sound Designed and Mixed by: Brendan Feeney, Wave Studios
Colour and Finishing Services: CHEAT
Colourist: Jack Mcginity
Visual Effects: Lukas Kölling, Thomas Lara, Hernan Santander, Oliver Speiser
Casting Agency: Esselle
Animal Training Agency: Ekkifant
Equipment: Arri Rental Berlin, Lichthaus Berlin
Catering: Sir Lunchalot
Location: Monopol, Berlin, Fläminger Weideschwein
Location Coordinator: Rodrigo Luisier Vollino
Special thanks to: Julia Ballantyne-Way, Christian Blumenstein, Mirela Costache, Rob Crosse, Andrew Dryhurst, Ben Eastham, Pascal Flamme, Sophie Neave, Angel Nieto, PupPlay Community, Berlin, Emily Rudge, Fabian Sabo, John Simnett, OMSK Social Club, Société, Berlin, Daniel Wichelhaus, Zabludowicz Collection

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