The Animal Gaze Constructed 2020

Date 6 March 2020 09:00 - 7 March 2020 17:00
Venue London Metropolitan University

The aesthetics of animal politics. David Attenborough's cinematography. Speeches at Glastonbury. Instagram activism. From space, the chained night lights of our huge, interconnected cities burn and glow in a gigantic lock-in. Hockey-stick curve in human population growth across two centuries. Biodiversity in flatline. Vast oceanic pollution by plastics, fished-out waters of a scavenged seabed. Oil wars. Colossal gas by-product, trapping heat in the atmosphere to alter the planet's climates. Devastation of forests for fields, in whose acres insects and invertebrates are eliminated. More than 5 kilos of vegetable protein feed forever required for every kilo of meat. Hot land, hot water.

As every other animal looks on, each may sense now in its changed habitat slim pickings, shrinking horizons and poverty of scope. Taxed out, totalised. Narrow or isolated rescue strategies obtain for a lucky few. Reservation, meadow fringe, wildlife corridor, animal sanctuary and shelter - designed arks or roads as redoubts, last resorts along and among the edges of a desert world.

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