BioPerversity is an exploration of humanity’s darker and lighter perversions as told through the personification of the rest of the animal kingdom, creatures who exist a few rungs beneath us on the evolutionary ladder.
Conscious humans have a tendency to attribute animal characteristics to one another in terms of cliché: work like a dog; like a fish out of water; a wolf in sheep’s clothing; happy as a clam; etc. What happens when we push beyond these trite truisms? By starting with our base animal instincts, we are able to descend deeper down the rabbit hole of our social complexities and psychological neuroses, and we can properly celebrate our feral desires.
The moralistic condition of the United States is biologically perverse. We claim divine inspiration and manifest destiny as we bulldoze forests in the name of fossil fuels and the commodification of natural resources. We stripfarm the oceans and swallow their bounty raw, and yet we’re terrified of its mysteries. The president of the United States said, “I hope all sharks die.” We hope the sharks live. We honor their frenzies and rejoice in their raw energy.
Our addiction to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, et al is biologically perverse. We scroll, click “like,” and share photos of each other eating, sleeping, fucking, and shitting, divorcing the imagery from the acts themselves, so that these basic life functions become algorithmic content for ad sales. Eating, sleeping, fucking, and shitting is what animals do best. We want to eat, sleep, fuck, and shit like the animals do.