Interspecies.com"...promotes an aesthetic model for coexistence between species, with the objective of healing the human species' emotional, spiritual, and cultural ties with nature."
The founder of the site/organization, Jim Nollman, has many years of experience with playing music with whales, dolphins and other animals.Submitted by LisaJ [Write Review]Review by Brose
An article essentially about devices produced to communicate with dogs and cows. Bowlingal, made by a japanese manufactorer, is commercially sold to interpret what a dogs bark means. The device records the bark and then translates it into text for a human to read. Researchers in Germany have developed a similar device that records a cow's moos that is geared more towards a farmer. With its accuracy being 90%, it is said to be most effective to determine the prime mating time for the cow, which could benefit a farmer significantly when breeding cows. The article also briefly explains Jim Nollman's process when he communicates with orca whales.Review by britt
Some of the challenges addressed in this book about doing interspecies collaboration...
The animal might not respond to your approach to collaborating.
The animal could respond in a negative way to your approach.
You might not like the way the animal approaches you.
You might respond in a negative way to the animal's approach.
Be aware of the environment in which you are moving. If this is not your stomping grounds, then you need to be sensitive to the habits of the ones who live there.
If the animal responds negatively to you, withdraw your efforts and reconsider your approach. Are you trying to incite a specific reaction from this animal or are you allowing them to act creatively and with freedom. If you approach the animal with an agenda, most likely you will come away unsatisfied with the results.
If the animal approaches you in a way that is not satisfying to the piece in which you are aspiring to collaborate on, allow this to be an opportunity to learn and to be inspired. What can you take away from this experience? What reaction were they trying to incite from you? How can you use this in your future collaboration?
In your collaborative process, you could find the manner of the animal negative or intimidating towards you. This is not a beneficial situation and the best thing to do would be to withdraw. If you try to collaborate with anyone who has negative intentions, this will adversely affect your piece (unless, however, your art is based on an underlying theme of tension and struggle, then by all means, have a go at it).
Koko (the gorilla) paintsRelated animals: Gorilla, Human See the video clip where Koko doubts her abilities. Interesting how the human is kind of patronizing Koko by giving her positive feedback.Submitted by LisaJ [Write Review]Review by jamiea
This website on Koko the Gorilla was interesting, yet seemed over-constructed. It left the viewer with questions as to the authenticity of the emotion displayed by Koko. It also made you wonder how many hours of footage was shot that wasn't used, and how often she paints things and gives them irrelevant titles, with less conventional use of color. I just think, if she's over 30, she must have made more than 6 or 7 pieces of artwork. I would like to see more of them, to give me a better understanding of HER understanding of art.