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GREETINGS HUMANS,
Hello Hello, not much to say about upcoming projects right now~ but I'm sorting through some ideas for Los Angeles events in the coming months ^_^

Meanwhile, I updated the tee shirts on the webstore! That should get a scratch on the back, no?

 

At the beginning of this month I was ever so honored to participate in the 10th year of the Anthropocene Campus in Lisbon, Portugal organized by Portuguese Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia. This was a beautiful and inspiring event that I am still reeling from. The event is sponsored by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. I was present as both myself (Aidan, hi!) and IFIAAR. The curators knew my work as a cartoonist and saw a unique place to fit me into the programming by proposing a narrative seminar focused on non-human characters.

Though a little nervous in such an academic setting, my hosts, Hugo Almeida and Ana Matilde Souza as well as fellow presenters comics scholar Pedro Moura and microbiologist Daniela Pinto helped build a really exciting and encouraging atmosphere. We did a lot of talking about representation and various roles of animals in the world now and historically as well as some of our personal relations. The output for the seminar though was focused on creating a short works- comic, fiction, or poetry that utilized a non human animal character. For this the emphasis was placed on considering realistic behavioral traits, physiological restraints and how narratives can influence perspective and action in humans. This means considering how people will react and being accountable for and considerate of such results. I also really wanted participants to push their own ability to empathize and embody an entity whose perception is drastically different from humans (I LOVE this Umwelt pdf I found while researching). The results were really inspiring! And I could see people's minds opening up to having respect for creatures like the humble cockroach and tick ^_^

It felt exactly like what IFIAAR is all about.
I don't consider it an explicitly 'activist' or 'political' entity. Its more like a diplomatic project. Especially as I sat crying in the bathroom during class break thinking about lizards and koalas burning to death in Australia- if the landscape and its inhabitants are going to be rapidly changing and often DYING miserable deaths- this can't just be about koalas any more than its about ticks. It has to be about changing the overall foundation of care and respect for other living, moving, breathing creatures. We can't say what biodiversity will look like in 10-20-30 years, and while we need people on all fronts, this is a project about relationships- building, recognizing, and maintaining. I'm so grateful to have participated and built a curriculum I feel proud of. I feel energized and inspired to push further, learn more, and find new ways to engage and have conversations this year.
<here are a couple youtubes I used in class for behavioral indentification exercises if you feel bored>
cat and dove
hawk and squirrel

MEANWHILE Chippy flew away again a couple weeks ago, then was recovered because he landed on a man's head the next street down AND his tail got closed in a door at night so he's bob-tailed the next six weeks. But don't worry- he is quite himself.

Ciao for now~
Aidan
IFIAAR


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