In Berlin, two students at the Berlin University of the Arts have built a makeshift guillotine that they say they will use to kill a live lamb if the internet wills it so. The artists have set up a website, Die Guillotine, where you can watch an artsy video of the guillotine and decide whether or not you want the lamb to die.
There is also a short documentary about the project, which shows the artists smoking a hookah and building their contraption.
The project has garnered a lot of international attention, with more than one million votes already submitted. As of 3:00 p.m. on Friday, the "nein" votes are outnumbering the "ja" votes 594,609 to 476,089, so the lamb might just make it after all. Still, knowing the internet, and the vitriol it can tend to spew, things might turn around. There are still more than two and a half weeks left to vote.
Reuters reported that university spokesmen have distanced themselves from the project, claiming that the students have no plans to kill the lamb even if the "ja" votes win out. Representatives from the Berlin University of the Arts did not return requests for comment.
Their 'performance' isn't artistic but instead a publicity grab that they may not realize could inspire other wannabe artists to follow through with copycat killings
Certainly, this is not the first outrageous act committed in the name of art in the past few years, and hardly the first involving the questionable treatment of animals. However, it might be the first project to place the atrocity's outcome in the hands of the internet-at-large.
The petition is now closed as the porject is terminated,the lamb is safe.The petition and signatures were emailed to the university.I will post their answer if I get one.Thank you all for you support.