Research & process

Today I met with Margret the librarian at Bobst library. The meeting was extremely helpful mostly because she asked me questions to guide her search that also made me better define what I am interested in.

As part of the search, we have found amazing archival footage of animals in New York.

Video of pigeons in the park 0:54-0:58:

Seagulls and trash video:

As part of the ideation process, I made myself as a goal to answer the following question:
What are the experience and the feelings I want to evoke?
I imagine the audience going through a process of discovery and revealing while wandering through space. The audience will explore and reveal a hidden world an unseen world. I want to implant in the spectator the feeling of control and it’s discovery but actually, they were there for him to discover.I am still debating between 3 different ideas for the final form of the project.

Idea 1:
Installation in a building in New York
Urban animals tend to prefer buildings and sites that were abandoned by humans, like old theaters or subway stations, as their new habitat. This phenomenon emphasizes the struggle on a shared habitat and how the constant changes in this environment, impacts on people and animals. Found interactive objects will fill the space and will be affected by the digital world. Through them, one can reveal the story of this space. Some of the objects will exist in the physical space and some in the digital world – an augmented reality experience.

Idea 2:
Map New York as the Synanthrope Preserve
Expanding the Synanthrope preserve project beyond pigeons and Washington square park, focusing on Norwegian rats and other synanthropic animals. I plan to combine audio and augmented reality (AR) features. AR experience will reveal information about animals or hidden habitat locations (pigeon nests, for example) that the audience would not have known about before.

Idea 3:
Interspecies collaborative artwork
I am interested in exploring different ways in which a collaborative artwork between people and animals can be created. Usually, animals in science and art are used as tools. They do not get an equal part.

The idea of having live animals as part of the project intrigues me.

A side note:

My mother sent me some pictures of an exhibition she saw in Ein Harod Kibbutz of taxidermy animals. There were distorted infant animals, mutants that lived for a short time. I thought they were beautiful and disturbing at the same time.

In the caption, there is a poem that one of the kibbutz children wrote to praise the lamb with the 6 legs 3 eyes and 2 mouths.


Research and References:

A map of abandoned buildings in New York.

Reality Editor
a tool that allows controlling objects in the physical space through Augmented reality.

What We Find Gross, and Why
An article at the New York times an interview with Rachel Herz, a psychologist at Brown

Interspecies Collaboration – Making Art Together with Nonhuman Animals
A paper about collaboration between human and nonhuman animals in art

Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light by Leonard Shlain
Wild New York by Mittelbach, Margaret.
Wild ones by Mooallem, Jon.
Animals and modern cultures by Franklin, Adrian.
A Cultural History of Animals in the Modern Age by Randy Malamud.

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