Other: Art Made Together with Non-Human Animals
The Man Who Talks to Whales Chapter 1 and 4
By Serena Zahler (04/07/10 18:12:59)
Related animals: Anemone, Clownfish

Chapter 1:
In Chapter 1, Nollman discusses interspecies music versus interspecies communication. Interspecies communication moves beyond aesthetics into information transmission and understanding. Nollman believes there is one fatal flaw in experimentation because as humans we are ethnocentric and species-centric. We believe in order for successful communication between animals and humans, animals must “act just a little more like a human being.” In Art 130 we should strive to communicate on the level of the animal and not focus on our own communication as superior. Nollman explains, that for these interactions to be truly considered communication then we should communicate based upon mutual respect to create an open-ended dialogue.

Chapter 4:
In Chapter 4, Nollman defines an interspecies protocol, a code of ethics for animal collaboration, which already exists in the animal kingdom, but that humans can use to work on an even playing field. “Interspecies protocol may thus be understood to mean the forms and manners that any species conforms to when relating to another species” (51). One example of this is how sea anemones offer protection for clownfish, while clown fish bring their leftovers to the anemone. Growing up watching this symbiotic relationship I wan to use this relationship as a foundation for my collaborations during this quarter.

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