HANS AFF FOOLING AROUND
is himself a mobile miniature zoo. Hans the showman fools around and shows off to the curious looks of passers by as if he was both animal and guardian. But Hans is not dumb: by not using speech he just abdicates human convention. No one knows just how much of an ape or a person HANS AFF really is.
is always there when people want to speak to apes rather than to animals. They draw near to him and insistently try to communicate with the Hans inside the ape. The interactive game of fooling around which then results suits animals just as well as humans. When all is said and done, HANS AFF is no more a domesticated animal than a zoo animal on the run, but rather someone who has ran away from human kind to become an ape.
Translation: Andreas Flückiger