How Now? provides an immersive multimedia experience, challenging how one thinks and feels about the unnatural processes integral to the dairy and beef industries. The viewers are given an opportunity to adorn a cow udder as they walk through the show, which displays jarring yet satirical depictions of the realities of the dairy industry’s practices. Engaging with understandings of consent and playing with the concepts of commodity fedishism, sultry fascination, and morbidly hilarious denial. The exhibition provokes empathy, and puts the viewer in a position to become a non- human animal for a short time, in a fresh and humorously irreverent way.
Sian Stephens and Sabina Rizos-Shaw are two Te Whanganui-a-Tara based artists, who studied Fine Arts at Massey University and graduated in 2018. They have previously collaborated on the projects Eye of the Bovine and Atom Heart Mother. They both love cows.