There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Sheep

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla

The collaborative team of Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla evokes the history of technology and old-world implements such as the tulum, an early form of bagpipe that originated in the Kaçkar Mountains of Turkey. Allora and Calzadilla’s video, There is More Than One Way to Skin a Sheep (2007), features a bicyclist who repurposes his traditional musical instrument to inflate a punctured tire on the streets of Istanbul. The tulum player creates sharp penetrating notes that disrupt the urban landscape and illustrate the tensions between primitive and modern technology. The tulum is a meaningful cultural object but its use as an implement to address a modern malfunction represents a resourceful adaptation to today’s world.


 
 
Image courtesy of the artists and Lisson Gallery, London.

Image courtesy of the artists and Lisson Gallery, London.

Image courtesy of the artists and Lisson Gallery, London.

Image courtesy of the artists and Lisson Gallery, London.