Jeremijenko's Ooz project is an experiment
in 'interspecies communication,' challenging human understandings
about the quality of life of animal species in settings designed
a traditional zoo, Ooz is a series of sites where animals and humans
interact. Unlike the traditional zoo, this is place where the animals
remain by choice: a zoo without cages. What's more, the human-animal
interactions at an OOZ site are significantly different from that
of a Zoo, comprised of two components: 1) an architecture of reciprocity,
i.e. any action the person can direct at the animal, they can direct
at the person; and 2) an information architecture of collective
observation and interpretation.
first phase of the project, sited in Zeewolde (the Netherlands)
is an experiment in the distributed human interpretation of goose
communication. Human participants saddle up in a 'goose chair' and
contort their bodies to control a robotic goose out on the water
in hopes of successfully communicating with live geese.
Meanwhile, throughout the range of planned Ooz communication habitats
(horses, water striders and bats), the animals can learn to
control the human 'spectators' by pressing the appropriately
designed button or lever that communicates in human speech.
For example, a button may trigger the recorded voice: "Yo!
If you are going to stare, how ‘bout inserting 25cents
and delivering a dose of that beaver biscuit!"
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