** EXTENSION FOR ANIMAL PORTFOLIO:
Lecture 7 Looking at Animals
March-06-14 DUE ONE WEEK LATER (between 12-2pm) now: APRIL 10th
(see email for further instructions/info)
12:07 PM Bring to Trinity College - if hard copy… if not 'hand-inable' (aka website/blog) -
send to her email.
Looking at Animals….
Animals…. looking back?
Bert Haanstra (youtube): "Zoo"
- Animals and humans eat similarly
- Patterns of animals and humans
- Human and animal behaviors
- Face shapes, facial expressions
Youtube clip #2: New Zealand study
- Zoos often humans view animals in cages
- But in this clip humans are caged and go into a lion area to feed them (feeders are inside the cage with the viewers… and feed the
lions from inside the cage)
Youtube clip #3: Highway wilding
- Animal encounter to highway
- Moose got run over by truck
- Animals are always getting killed on highways, humans do no see them?
- Cognitive development - - it is often said that children can not/suggested to not cross the street on their own because they do not
have the cognitive perception of distance
- Animals are not particularly capable of knowing this
Looking at Animals?
- John Berger critique humans looking at animals
- Suggest one-way gaze, give humans dominance
- Humanity began with unique relationship with 'real' animals but this began to disappear in the 19thc and we are left largely left with
co-opted animals - - pets and zoo (spectacle) animals that reflect a one-way gaze….
- Very intimate
- Host of emotions - love, fear ..etc
- Notion of 'animal rape' scenes that involve forced mating
- Narration naturalize the behavior, male -human sexuality
- Socio-biological, darwinian
- Humans are choosey
- Complex interplay between (attributing human characteristics to humans) anthropomorphism and zoomorphism (attributing animal
characteristics to humans)
- Same sex relationships in animals, and same sex activities are seen as 'deviant', and even seen as a precursor to normal behavior
- One of the things that we often lose when we talk abo