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Fevered Sleep’s Sheep Pig Goat.

Cull Ó Maoilearca, Laura (2019) Fevered Sleep’s Sheep Pig Goat. ESPACE art actuel (121). pp. 14-21.

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Last year, Sheep Pig Goat – a project by the UK-based company Fevered Sleep, was commissioned by the Wellcome Collection as part of their year-long Making Nature program which explored the relationship between perception and knowledge in human-animal relationships, along with all the attendant issues of mastery, anthropomorphism and anthropocentrism inevitably raised by the human production of knowledge about animals. Described by the company as a ‘creative research studio’, Sheep Pig Goat involved a week-long public presentation of ‘a series of improvised encounters between human performers and animal spectators’: specifically, some sheep, pigs and goats. Originally, the idea was to make a performance for an animal audience staged in the galleries at the Wellcome. But gradually the company moved away from this towards plans for a project which would offer human visitors what director, David Harradine describes as a space in which to “properly, respectfully and carefully observe animals watching a performance and reflect and report back on what they’ve seen, whether it’s the body language of a pig or a goat” For Harradine: “humans do a really bad job of paying attention’, and so the project was conceived as giving both the company and a wider public the opportunity to attend to animals, but also to attend to animals as themselves engaged in processes of attending, rather than as the mere objects of human observation.”

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Guildford School of Acting
Authors :
Cull Ó Maoilearca,
Date : January 2019
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 17 Jan 2019 10:30
Last Modified : 06 Jul 2019 05:26

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