Alli Harrod, Student, UCSB
Pet: Algae  Bacteria  Ball Python  Bird  Cat  Chicken  Cow  Deer  Dog  Ducks (Not Mallard)  Ferret  Fish  Frog  Goat  Ground Squirrel  Hamster  Horse  Kitten  Mallard Duck  Mule Deer  Ocelot  Parakeet  Parrot  Pig  Pond Life  Pot Belly Pig  Pot-Bellied Pig  Quail  Rabbit  Rooster  Snake  Squirrel  Turtle  Unidentified Bird
I am interested in interspecies collaboration because I think that the idea of creating art with animals through collaboration is an interesting new field to explore with many possibilities that await. I have spent so much time around animals through out my life. I grew up on a ranch and started competing in rodeos when I was four years old, so I have been coordinating/collaborating with ranch animals, especially horses for many years. Performing events with horses such as rodeo events like barrel racing and pole bending is an interspecies collaboration that takes much time and dedication on both the part of the human and the animal, it is essentially a choreography where you learn to work together. The idea of interspecies collaboration in this sense has expanded my idea, however, on the possibilities of actually creating art with animals, aside from the choreography between a human and a horse, for example.

Interspecies collaboration also interests me because I have always been exposed to many various animals in general, whether they be pets, friends of the area, or those that I have visited in places like national parks and zoos. I am interested in the interactions of different animals amongst groups like themselves, different animals, and humans. Every time I have come across a different sort of animal, I have always noticed those interactions, which are all different. For example, my family has experienced the birth of several different litters of cats over the years. After the birth of the kittens, it is very interesting to see how the mother cat cares for and nurtures the kittens. The cats become a family of their own living within the household of a human family and their interactions change with humans and other household pets. Mother cats tend to want the humans that they already trust to be involved in their new family. They encourage love and support from the humans around them and find ways to show humans their thankfulness for a comfy environment through their body language and increase in "verbalness." Mother cats become incredible more "verbal" after they give birth because that is how they communicate with their kittens, yet they also begin to apply it towards their interactions with humans. On the other hand, the opposite attitude of mother cats tends to be true for other household pets. Even though they may have been pals before, other household animals including other cats, become a mother cat's worst enemy after her kittens are born. It is interesting to notice how all of these interactions take place very naturally through out different litters of mother cats and their kittens, within a home. The mother cat's behavior also changes as she realizes that she has more responsibility on her plate and her actions very much reflect the human mother. Just by observing interactions of/with animals like the cat family, possibilities for interspecies collaboration within an artistic practice make more sense. I feel like if I am able to easily infer what my cat is telling me through her/his body language and "verbalness," then collaboration is certainly possible...or maybe I'm just crazy and making all of these conclusions up from my inferences, hah?


04/20/10 17:28:04 4/10/10 – Interspecies Collaboration: Discussion 1

04/20/10 17:32:04 4/20/10 – Interspecies Collaboration: Discussion 2

05/02/10 02:10:07 Discussion 3 - Interspecies Collaboration

05/04/10 20:48:34 Discussion 4 - Interspecies Collaboration

05/12/10 16:13:13 Discussion 5 - Julius travels around Goleta

05/23/10 21:57:30 Discussion 6: Julius Mapping

05/23/10 22:06:05 Julius - Feeling better, some pictures before our journey

05/23/10 22:17:17 Coca Cola Match Finder

05/29/10 02:14:56 Pictures from The Reef Aquarium at UCSB

05/29/10 02:20:34 Santa Cruz Island - The Watering Hole

06/13/10 23:32:41 Julius' Day Out

4/15/10 Response to Barbara Janelle
4/20/10 - Response to “Fear of the Familiar”

Comment on 'Pee Mapping' by leunghochi
Comment on 'Santa Barbara Bird Farm Collaboration: Day 2-3' by bunyup22

Julius: The Kitten

Reflection: Animal Communication
Little Orphan Hammies

Response to Russell and Grizzly Documentaries

Reflection: Interspecies Relationships
Response to Toni Frohoff's Discussion & Ideas on Dolphin Collaboration Project

The Man Who Talks To Whales: Nollman's Visit, Turkey Trot, Interspecies Collab.

Book: Art Made Together with Non-Human Animals
Friskies Adventureland Commercial By Friskies, unknown

Book: Other Related Research
Obey the Pure Breed By Unknown

Website (Website): Interspecies Relationships
Amazing Friendly Family: Mother cat, kitten, and squirrel baby

Website (Website): Art Made by Non-Human Animals
Henry the Feline Fiber Artist

Website (Website): Animal Play Behavior

Website (Website): Other Related Research
Pizzly or Grolar Bears