Anne Galloway, Selena Shaw, Madelena Mañetto Quick, Lily Nichols & Birgit Bachler
Written in 2020, this essay shares three lessons learned from sheep, and reflects on the research and design ethics that drove our collective practice at the time—and continue to guide us.
The Dairy Oracle
Lily’s Masters project focussed on the interconnectedness of humans, animals, and environment in dairy farming. The Dairy oracle was designed as a way to learn how people understand these connections and collectively imagine how they could be.
Madelena Mañetto Quick
Madi’s Masters project looked at social media storytelling and free-range pig farming, creating a set of short videos that explore the lives of these pigs.
Anne’s Marsden-funded project studied NZ Merino breeding, and designed four speculative scenarios to explore how Internet-of-Things technologies could reconfigure these human-animal relations.
“How monotonous our speaking becomes when we speak only to ourselves! And how insulting to the other beings…that no longer sense us talking to them, but only about them, as though they were not present in our world … For we talk about such entities only behind their backs, as though they were not participant in our lives. Yet if we no longer call out…then the numerous powers of this world will no longer address us – and if they still try, we will not likely hear them.”
— David Abram, Becoming Animal