AboutCan artists work with animals as equals? It has recently been discovered that humans are closer to the higher primates than was previously thought. This exhibition, organised by The Arts Catalyst on the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth brings together a group of artists who actively question the sovereignty of the human species over the all other animal species.
Four artists have been commissioned to develop projects with non-human animals including:
* Nicolas Primat
Following on from his work with tribes of monkeys in France and Guyana, Primat will work on developing video skills with higher apes.
* Kira O' Reilly
O'Reilly will work on sleep and dream research with humans and pigs.
* Antony Hall
Hall will develop an interactive interspecies communication between the public and zebra fish
* Ruth Mclennan
McIennan will develop her work on eagles by collaborating with falconers in Northumberland.
Also included in the exhibition are works from Rachel Mayeri Primate Cinema casts human actors in the role of mating non-human primates, Beatriz Da Costa in PigeonBlog investigates the military use of homing pigeons and Kathy High in Embracing Animal works with former lab rats.
Accompanying Interspecies will be series of talks and debates between the artists, writers, scientists and animal welfare experts.