Why listen to Animals?

mOwson&M0wson performance for Liquid Architecture @ Westspace

Part of the Liquid Architecture project at West Space.  Worked collaboratively with Bruce to respond to this question ‘Why listen to Animals?’. LA2016: Why Listen To Animals?

This experimental project by Liquid Architecture reframes English writer and artist John Berger’s classic 1980 essay ‘Why Look at Animals?’ through the prism of sound and listening. We gather together artists, musicians, scientists and historians to investigate human-animal sound via the dynamics of power, knowledge and value in the pursuit of a new question: ‘Why Listen to Animals?’

THU 29 Sep – SAT 22 Oct 2016
West Space, Level 1/225 Bourke St, Melbourne

Artists: Bunna Lawrie, Cecilia Vicuña, Camila Marambio, Bryan Phillips, Kim Satchell, Honey Anthony Magen, Mel Deerson with Georgina Criddle, Rob Thorne, Eric Avery, Tamsen Hopkinson and Julia McFarlane and Max Kohane, Will Foster and Sabrina D’Angelo, Undine Sellbach, Tessa Laird, lynn mowson and Bruce Mowson, Catherine Clover and Peter Knight, Sally Ann McIntyre, RMIT sound students.

We started with an introductory talk discussing listening to animals, followed by handing out the moo’ing and speaking fleshlumps, featuring ‘baby veal’, ‘dairy cow’ and ‘grumpy old steak’.


Fantastic documentation by photographer Kellan O’Hehir, some of which are shown here.

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