Jan Adriaans

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About 6000 years ago people start to make wild fowl fight as a kind of game; the animal became an object of distribution and improvement.


A cockfight begins with a ritual. Two roosters are confronted with each other by being held in close distance. Here the animal can’t avoid the opponent no more and both minds get locked in. If one smells another it gets wound up, but it really tightens its muscles when the other enters its field of vision. Back in the farm the roosters are kept in cages, where the sight to their neighbours is blocked by wooden plates. Shielded from each other the impulse to fight simply disappears.


People act and think by triggers as well, associations that link a fragment to a different fragment; a word to a melody, a picture to a feeling, a smell to danger. People need that constant reference in order to be accurate.


Our idea of reality is the result of prediction. We predict what we’ll see, and we adjust our sight to what we predict. If this matches we call it reality, otherwise it’s simply not part of our world. A cop is more likely to confuse a phone taken out of someone’s coat for a gun. They're conditioned for this threat. The gun is his or her reality, not the phone. Last winter, a guy was shot in Amsterdam by two young police officers. Both officers stated they were shot by the deceased suspect, and they had to act out of self-defence and protect their bystanders, to find out later the man was only pointing a toy-gun. "When I heard that, it felt like the ground was sinking below me. I just couldn't believe it...


I was sure I was shot."



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