Sheep Pig Goat

A new project which explores inter-species empathy and communication.

What would happen in a performance for animals?
Sheep Pig Goat is a creative research studio by Fevered Sleep exploring how well humans see animals as they really are – not as we tell ourselves they are – through a series of improvised encounters between human performers and animal spectators. Unusually for a project in the early stages of research, this one is entirely open to the public.

Sheep Pig Goat is a project by Fevered Sleep, commissioned as part of the Making Nature exhibition at Wellcome Collection.

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Studio Visiting Times
TUESDAY 14 – SUNDAY 19 MARCH 2017
11.30–13.00, 14.00–15.30, 16.30–18.00 

Visitors are invited to witness encounters as they
happen and join in a conversation with the artists,
guest speakers and each other to reflect on the possibility
of interspecies empathy and communication.

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Contextual Conversations
THURSDAY 16–SATURDAY 18 MAR, 19.00–20.30
Explore the stories we tell ourselves about animals, and our place
in an animal world in this series of lively debates with leading
scientists, researchers and artists hosted by dramaturg Ruth Little.

On Intelligence and Emotion
Thursday 16 March, 19.00-20.30
Speakers:
Alan McElligott, Senior Lecturer in Animal Behaviour at Queen Mary University of London Antone Martinho, Fellow by Examination in Biology at Magdalen College, Oxford
Hosted by Ruth Little

Dr. Alan McElligott is a Senior Lecturer in Animal Behaviour at Queen Mary University of London. His research focusses on the links between animal behaviour, cognition, vocal communication and welfare in a range of livestock. He is also leading research that is examining public attitudes to animal sentience and welfare.

Dr. Antone Martinho is Fellow by Examination in Biology at Magdalen College, Oxford. His research is focussed mainly on how animals form and use abstract representations and concepts when learning. His current work is centred around mallard ducklings as a model for spontaneous learning, and in the past he has worked with New Caledonian crows, racing pigeons, and the common octopus.

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On Rights and Relationships
Friday 17 March, 19.00-20.30
Speakers:
Erica Fudge, Professor of English Studies at the University of Strathclyde and Director of the British Animal Studies Network
Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca, Reader in Theatre & Performance and Director of the Centre for Performance Philosophy at the University of Surrey
Robert Garner, Professor of Politics at the University of Leicester
Hosted by Ruth Little

Professor Erica Fudge is Professor of English Studies at the University of Strathclyde and the Director of the British Animal Studies Network. She works on early modern culture and her current book project is titled ‘Quick Cattle and Dying Wishes: People and their Animals in Early Modern England’. Previous research on the early modern period has looked at concepts of animal reason, meat eating, wearing animal skins, and the historiographical implications of considering the world of the dairy cow.

Dr. Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca is Reader in Theatre & Performance and Director of the Centre for Performance Philosophy at the University of Surrey. She has published on interspecies collaboration in performance, and on performance and philosophy as processes of becoming-animal.

Professor Robert Garner is Professor of Politics at the University of Leicester. He has published widely on the politics and philosophy of animal protection. His books include The Political Turn in Animal Ethics (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016), A Theory of justice for Animals (Oxford University Press, 2013), The Animal Rights Debate (Columbia University Press, 2011) and The Political Theory of Animal Rights (Manchester University Press, 2005).

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On Seeing and Becoming
Saturday 18 March, 19.00-20.30

Speakers:
Daisy Hildyard, novelist
Garry Marvin, Professor of Human-Animal Studies at the University of Roehampton, London
Thomas Thwaites, designer
Hosted by Ruth Little

Daisy Hildyard is writing a novel in which the characters are animal as well as human, while also running an academic research project investigating non-human life experiences. Her first novel Hunters in the Snow received the Somerset Maugham Award and a ‘5 under 35’ honorarium at the USA National Book Awards. She is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle.

Professor Garry Marvin is a social anthropologist and Professor of Human-Animal Studies at the University of Roehampton, London. He is particularly interested in how human-animal relationships are developed and how they are experienced by the human participants. He has conducted ethnographic research into, and published on, bullfighting in Spain; zoos, foxhunting in England; the cultures of recreational hunting; hunting and conservation; and human-wolf relationships. A key focus of his work is the local specificities of human-animal relationships. However, he is also interested in cross cultural and inter-cultural perspectives.

Thomas Thwaites is a critical designer, interested in the societal impacts of science, technology and economics. He has had two books published, The Toaster Project about his attempt to make an electric toaster from scratch, and Goatman, about his attempt to transform into a goat. thomasthwaites.com

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Ruth Little is a theatre and dance dramaturg, a teacher and writer. Her research and teaching in ecologies of performance is informed by two decades’ experience of commissioning, developing and curating new work in partnership with community groups, academics, and artists across all forms. She has led workshops and art-science expeditions nationally and internationally. She lectured in English literature at the University of Sydney, and was literary manager at Out of Joint, Soho Theatre and the Royal Court, and artistic associate at the Young Vic. Ruth is dramaturg for Akram Khan Company, associate director of Cape Farewell London, and associate artist at Perth International Arts Festival.

 

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