Examine + Thoughts 

May 17, 2019

By making animals into spectacle, rather than beings we engage with in work and play, nature films and other recreations of nature reinforce their dichotomy of human and nature. In nature as spectacle, the animal kingdom exists solely to be observed, objectified, and enjoyed.
— Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

May 7, 2019

We come to life surrounded by animals. They’re among the first things we reach for as they hover over our cots in the shape of colourful toys; as stuffed teddies they spend the night with us, making us feel safe and warm; thereafter, as we grow older, they are ever-present through illustrated books, photographs, wildlife documentaries, films, as pets and pest, at the zoo, in the city, in the countryside, as entertainers or sports partners. Partly, it may be because animals are such an integral part of our daily lives, from the very beginning, that we somehow end up taking them for granted, and that we come to see them as accessories to the human condition.
— Art and Animals, Giovanni Aloi

May 6, 2019

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