Sunday, 20 May 2018
|Banners made with Guide Dogs and their humans|
|Me getting a cwtch from Guide Dog Uri|
Thank you to everyone (humans and animals) who took part in 'CLOCKING OFF', a commemorative parade for retired and working guide dogs. I was over the moon with the response, the amount of people who showed up. Most importantly, this has massively contributed towards my research into the ability animals have to provide wellbeing and work alongside humans. Thanks to the amazing Siân Healey, who taught me everything I needed to know about the experience of being visually impaired and life with a Guide Dog Uri and retired GD Arnie. Many thanks to Chapter and Experimentica for always believing in me and supporting my work. DIOLCH.
Performance slide show.
6.04.2018 The British Society for the History of Science PG conference, UoM
This work is an autobiographical account of cohabiting with a variety of species as pets. 'Housemate' is a spoken word performance that is an attempt to locate myself subjectively within the arena, and discourse surrounding the interactions between human animals and non-human animals in the domestic space. The work also delves into the therapeutic functions that animals and pets play in the everyday.
Housemates was created in direct response to Bruno Latour’s call for a subjective exploration of science and the creation of a new genre- the scientific fable.
The text is a combination of pop songs, which reference the love of pets and the human/animal relationship, personal history and the recalling of sounds, or the voice of my dead pets.