Uncertainty in the city: pests, pets and prey

Snaebjornsdottir, Bryndis and Wilson, Mark ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4123-2118 (2010) Uncertainty in the city: pests, pets and prey. [Show/Exhibition] In: Uncertainty in the City: Pests, Pets, and Prey, 21 September – 27 November 2010, Lancaster, UK. Full text not available from this repository.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Authors: Snaebjornsdottir, Bryndis and Wilson, Mark

An exhibition in which the artists Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson explore our complex feelings towards our ‘animal others’. In 2007 Storey Gallery commissioned the artist team Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson to develop a project investigating the various and complex relationships between human and non-human animals in shared and contested spaces. Working primarily in the city of Lancaster and the surrounding area, with a variety of individuals, businesses and organisations, the artists burrowed around the ever-shifting margins of tolerance, gathering anecdotes and stories of human/animal cohabitation, encroachment and symbiotic partnerships. In addition, they toured around the UK with a mobile radio unit, visiting people’s homes, country fairs, and town centres, documenting the multiplicity of people’s feelings towards animals-in-proximity. The conversations were recorded and aired live on Radio Animal, an online radio station created by Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson, dedicated to their discourse around human/animal relations.

For millennia, humans have been making divisions between themselves and other animals. By building settlements, towns and cities, they created shelter and insulation from wild animals. However, animals have always been attracted to concentrations of human population because of the opportunities these provide for habitat and food. For some humans, the presence of these creatures – pigeons, starlings, rats, mice, foxes, and all manner of insects - constitutes a threat, a kind of leakage. It highlights the fragility of our insulation from the ‘wild’, its unpredictability, and the seeming chaos of ‘nature’. The exhibition Uncertainty in the City: Pests, Pets, and Prey explores this animal infringement through the use of sound, sculpture, text, video, and photography. It builds a picture of human ambivalence towards animals – of tolerance and intolerance, of fear and loathing, of affection, conflict, and admiration - and at the same time it explores more broadly our own duplicity in relation to ideas of the ‘other’. Uncertainty in the City: Pests, Pets, and Prey will be accompanied by three extended Talks on Art events. These Talks on Art will take place on the following Saturday afternoons and will explore a different theme within the context of the exhibition.

Official URL: http://www.storeygallery.org.uk/programme.php?item...
Date: 21 September 2010
Event Location: Lancaster, UK
700 ARTS & RECREATION (INCL. SPORT) > 700 ARTS & RECREATION (collections, philosophy & education)
Departments: Academic Departments > Institute of Arts (IOA) > Fine Arts
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Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2012 10:36
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 09:31
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1244
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