Performance Philosophy & Animals: Towards a Radical Equality

Lead Research Organisation: University of Surrey
Department Name: Guildford School of Acting (GSA)

Abstract

The aim of this project is to transform our understanding of the relationships between performance, philosophy and animals. Recent years have seen an exciting surge of interest in the potential for mutually beneficial interactions between performance and philosophy - from innovative collaborations between prominent philosophers and performance-makers, to the rapid growth of a new field of international research and creative practice called "Performance Philosophy". This project suggests that the radical potential of this emerging field lies in its capacity to challenge the hierarchies between the arts and other forms of thought and to act as a pioneer in achieving greater equality in how we produce knowledge, with a particular focus on what performance-based research might contribute to our understanding of nonhuman animals. Building on the Fellow's past role as a central figure in developing Performance Philosophy, this project will help the new field to realise its potential by bringing together insights from cutting-edge performance practice and the work of French thinker, François Laruelle - now widely acknowledged as one of the most significant European philosophers working today. He proposes a radical equality between all forms of thought - even to the extent of no longer seeing the 'love of wisdom' (philo-sophia) as exclusive to the human or Homo sapiens (the 'wise man'). Consequently, whilst mainstream debate around equality often focuses on the idea of a universal humanity, this project turns its attention to the thought of nonhuman animals in order to perform a radical extension of the idea of equality itself: animals being those 'others' most like 'us' who are nonetheless not 'us'. The project aims to advance our thinking about how performance, philosophy and animals interact by investigating how performance might transform philosophy and how our concepts of performance and equality might be transformed by the animal, using a unique 'performance philosophy' methodology combining in-depth philosophical scholarship with 2 core case study collaborations with the critically acclaimed performance companies: the Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, Fevered Sleep and the influential US-based company, Every house has a door, both of whom are developing projects on animals and performance. The Fellowship will produce the first monograph dedicated to Performance Philosophy as a field and methodology. During the 20-month project, the Fellow will work with Fevered Sleep and Every house has a door to create 2 new performances. Hosted by the University of Surrey Vet School, she will collaborate with Fevered Sleep to produce a new version of "Sheep Pig Goat": a project that raises questions about the differences between how humans see animals and how they 'really' are by inviting audiences to witness a series of improvised encounters between human performers and sheep, pigs and goats. With Every house has a door and 4 local school children, she will co-create "Carnival of the Animals" - a new piece using performance to investigate the idea of interspecies communication. Both new works will provide local school children and wider publics with access to boundary-pushing arts practices using performance to produce new knowledge about the nature of our relationship to animals - an increasingly pressing issue in this age of ecological crisis. The project culminates in a major public event held at the ICA in central London which locates exciting new parallels in recent impulses in artistic and philosophical production: a shared ambition to address hierarchies between forms of thought and the unequal value assigned to different ways of knowing. Creating an innovative format combining participatory workshops, walks and listening sessions, the ICA event will address the theme of 'radical equality' in a broad sense - exploring the deep entanglement of contemporary oppressions including speciesism, racism and sexism.

Planned Impact

This project aims to have an impact on a network of publics by encouraging them to critically reflect on the relationships between performance, philosophy and animals. This project is motivated by three main impact goals: i) to promote the understanding of performance as an important site of knowledge and critical thinking; ii) to change people's perception of nonhuman animals and contribute to positive ethical change around attitudes and behaviour in relation to nonhuman animals; and iii) to advance greater degrees of accessibility and inclusion within the arts and research.

The project will achieve this impact by building on the established relationships of an exceptionally strong team of public engagement partners including: the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Fevered Sleep, Every house has a door, the Forum for European Philosophy, Improbable and Independent Dance. The principal beneficiaries of the project encompass a variety of non-academic communities: artists and other professionals in the creative industries (eg. producers, curators); local schools; vets and other animal professionals; county arts organisations and other policy-shaping organisations in arts and cultural learning; charities promoting both public engagement in philosophy and animal advocacy; and communities of interest within the general public - locally, nationally and internationally - including arts, philosophy and animal enthusiasts, as well as those concerned with equality from a range of social justice perspectives. The project will create a rich and diverse programme of public activities integrated into and conducted through the life of the project, along with a series of high-quality public outputs including: two new works of performance concerned with human-animal relationships by leading companies Fevered Sleep and Every house has a door in collaboration with the Fellow, a major public event at the ICA in central London, an interactive website and short film. Co-created by the Fellow with BAFTA-winning film director, Abi Weaver, the short film expressing the findings of the research will be aimed at a wide and diverse public both in the UK and internationally.

Through the collaboration with Guildford Grove Primary School, the Fellow will ensure that the project will have a tangible educational impact - offering pupil groups with both language deprivation and limited access to the arts the chance to engage with professional performance companies as participants and audiences in ways that will support their creative development and wider learning.

The project will benefit the cultural sector through the opportunities it affords and value it adds through its collaborations with artists, arts professionals and arts organisations. Project partner, the ICA will co-curate with the Fellow and PDRA, a two-day public event including contributions from the core case study companies, international artists, leading animal philosopher Vinciane Despret and performance scholar Fred Moten. The event will be curated with two key aims: firstly, to have a significant impact on audiences' understanding of the relationship between the arts and other forms of knowledge, on their perception of the nature of human-animal relationships, and on their sense of how questions of animal equality might intersect with those of gender and race. Secondly, the Fellow and curators have agreed to use the event as an opportunity to advance the ICA's institutional knowledge on questions of access and inclusion, ensuring that the event is accessible to as diverse an audience as possible, by engaging a dedicated access consultant. The event will also form the basis of a longer-term relationship between the Fellow, her collaborators and the ICA with a view to continuing a joint investigation of the relationships between performance, philosophy and the question of equality.

Publications

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Cull Ó Maoilearca, LK (2020) Performanssifilosofiaa

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Cull Ó Maoilearca, LK (2019) Artistic Research: Charting a Field in Expansion

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Shah R (2021) Episode One: Introduction in Performance Philosophy

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Shah R (2021) Episode Two: Ria Righteous in Performance Philosophy

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Ó Maoilearca L (2020) Performance Philosophy: an introduction in Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Presença

 
Title Sheep Pig Goat - University of Surrey Vet School 
Description Sheep Pig Goat is a project by Fevered Sleep, originally commissioned as part of the Making Nature exhibition at the Wellcome Collection and then developed in a new form as part of the research project "Performance Philosophy & Animals: Towards a Radical Equality" in partnership with Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca. Sheep Pig Goat is a performative work of art, but it is also a creative research studio exploring how well humans see animals as they really are - not as we tell ourselves they are - through a series of improvised encounters between human performers and animal spectators. Visitors are invited to witness improvised encounters as they happen and join in a conversation with the artists, guest speakers and each other to reflect on the possibility of interspecies empathy and communication. The project explores animal emotion, perception and intelligence; and the ethics and politics of relationships between human and non-human animals. It asks: how might these relationships change and be changed, and what might we become, if we really paid careful and proper attention to members of other species? The aim of the whole project - both the performative encounters and the contextual conversations - is to invite people to think and feel more deeply and carefully about other animal species, and those animals' capacity for emotion, intelligence, attention, communication, engagement and agency, and to reflect upon their own beliefs and ethical/political standpoints in relation to these things. Fevered Sleep has an ongoing partnership with Dr Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca, Reader in Theatre & Performance and Director of the Centre for Performance Philosophy at the University of Surrey. Laura was one of the experts who contributed to the first iteration of this project in 2017. This version at the University of Surrey Vet School enabled Fevered Sleep to advance the work, in a new cross-disciplinary setting. The first iteration of the project took place in a hired warehouse space in London, and a general audience was invited to take part as observers, dialogue partners and respondents. This audience was almost entirely comprised of adults. The second iteration, which took place between 3-8 February 2020 at the University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine, brought significant benefit to the project by creating a context for very different people to encounter and participate in it, allowing its research to expand in new and unexpected ways. A vet school is a space already filled with embodied interactions, modes of communications, perceptions and knowledges between human and non-human animals, and this provided a rich and valuable setting in which the project's inquiry developed. The involvement of school children, as well as vets, brought new perspectives and ways of knowing to the project, adding further value and depth to its research. This version of the project included a series of encounters between human performers and cows, sheep and chickens, through which we investigated all the ways that humans - and other animals - see, observe, watch and attend to one another. The residency was commissioned by Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca, director of the Centre for Performance Philosophy at the University of Surrey. On Wednesday 5 February, Laura hosted a contextual conversation with Fevered Sleep's artistic directors Sam Butler and David Harradine, writer Filipa Ramos and Professor of Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Scotland's Rural College, Francoise Wemelsfelder. Visitors to the project during the residency included school children, drama students, veterinary medicine students, academics and artists. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact See Engagement Activity outcomes. 
URL https://www.feveredsleep.co.uk/project/sheep-pig-goat
 
Description Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Centres Seed Funding - awarded to the Centre for Performance Philosophy
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Surrey 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2020 
End 07/2020
 
Description Theatre as Philosophical Enquiry: Aesthetics of the Sublime
Amount € 172,760 (EUR)
Funding ID M 2636 
Organisation Austrian Science Fund (FWF) 
Sector Academic/University
Country Austria
Start 04/2019 
End 04/2021
 
Description Every house has a door 
Organisation Every house has a door
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution As part of the Fellowship, I am producing a new performance philosophy project - "Bestiary" - through a process of thinking alongside the Chicago-based performance company Every house has a door as they develop the new performance work, Carnival of the Animals. I have been and will continue to contribute to creative and conceptual development of Carnival of the Animals by participating in a series of residencies and rehearsals through which the work is created. So far, as part of this research project, I have taken part in residencies with the company in Finland (September 2019) and Chicago (January 2020). The next residency is in Croatia (May 2020). The following residency will then be held at the University of Surrey in September 2020. I have facilitated this residency which will include the UK premiere of a past work, Scarecrow (2018) and a work-in-progress sharing from Carnival. Both pieces consider the theme of interspecies relationships and will be presented in collaboration with children from Guildford Grove Primary School. The creative writing project, Bestiary will be made available to audiences at all Carnival performances, beginning with the premier of Aquarium in Rijeka, Croatia in November 2020. The book will provide audiences with new insights into the performance and its development has already offered the company with new theoretical frameworks and creative reference points through which to consider their work and the relationship between performance, philosophy and animals more widely. In their letter of support for the project, the company stated: "We are honored and encouraged to have scholarly interest in the Every house has a door process. The value of working alongside a scholar as adept and insightful as Laura Cull O´ Maoilearca is beyond measure and one we welcome. It is in this vein that we embark on a collaborative engagement of research and studio practice that might produce a model valuable and novel in Performance Studies and Performance Philosophy scholarship. It is our hope that this effort, one where the greatest investment is in time working alongside each other, will model a kind of knowledge production that mirrors the expanded field of contemporary performance".
Collaborator Contribution Every house has a door have provided me with full access to the creative process and development of their latest work, Carnival of the Animals. The company have invited me to participate in the creative and conceptual development of the work as a full collaborator and to participate in the 'directive-response model' that they have developed to create new performance work. Along with the other members of the company, director Lin Hixson has provided me with shared readings and other source materials as well as a series of 'directives' to which I have responded by conducting independent inquiry according to her own disciplinary expertise. Through this process and subsequent feedback given on material presented in rehearsal, Goulish and Hixson have agreed to mentorship in order to develop and delivery of one of the project's formal outputs: a piece of creative writing, planned for publication as part of the final monograph. The company invited me to participate in the initial phase of research and development with the company during a residency in Chicago in October 2018. This will then be followed by 4 periods of residency during the lifespan of the funded project itself: 1 in Finland (September 2019); 1 in Chicago (October 2019); a 2 week residency at the Centre for Performance Philosophy at the University of Surrey (September 2020); culminating in a residency and presentation of the final performance at the National Theater as part of Riejka's European Capital of Culture festival 2020 curated by dramaturg and producer, Marin Blazevic´ (in November 2020).
Impact Outputs for this collaboration are forthcoming.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Fevered Sleep 
Organisation Fevered Sleep
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution As PI, I collaborated with the arts company, Fevered Sleep to produce a new iteration of the artwork, "Sheep Pig Goat" held at the University of Surrey Vet School in February 2020. I worked closely with the co-artistic directors of the company, David Harradine and Sam Butler, to evolve the concept for the project and acted as the key facilitator of the relationship between the company and the Vet School. During the development of the project, I participated in regular meetings with the company, offering questions and comments informed by my own research that enabled the company to think differently about the aims and objectives of the project and to evolve it from its first iteration. During Sheep Pig Goat itself, I recorded daily focus group interviews with the performers and directors, and collaborated with the company to evaluate the impact of the project. I also produced my own creative writing and images - in response to 'directives' given to me by the company directors. This work will ultimately be developed to appear in a monograph and articles about the work.
Collaborator Contribution Fevered Sleep's involvement as a project partner added considerable value to the project. "Sheep Pig Goat" will serve as a core case study for my monograph, and has allowed me to test out 'performance philosophy' as a methodology. Fevered Sleep contributed a significant amount of indirect costs to this project equating to £11,000. The most significant contribution of staff costs, will be made by Sam Butler and David Harradine, as the Artistic Directors of Fevered Sleep. Other Fevered Sleep team members, including the Programme Producer, Head of Communications and Evaluator, also redirected a proportion of their time in-kind, to support the planning and production of this project. The company re-directed a significant proportion of their evaluators time in support of this project. Fevered Sleep also contributed a wealth of research materials, expertise and knowledge acquired from extensive arts based research into the subject matter beginning in 2013. This has already been and will continue to be shared throughout the project with academic colleagues across arts and sciences as well as with general public audiences. Fevered Sleep have also provided significant indirect costs linked to the use of company facilities, equipment and internal resources equating to £2000. They have assigned internal resources, including technical equipment and company utilities to ensure that the project is effectively planned, managed and executed. They have and will continue to utilise our extensive expertise and networks to distribute marketing material, produce digital content for social media, and generate press interest in order to raise the profile of the work.
Impact Artistic and Creative Products - Artwork - Sheep Pig Goat Publications - 'The Ethics of Interspecies Performance: Empathy beyond Analogy in Fevered Sleep's Sheep Pig Goat', Theatre Journal Special Issue on "Theatre and the Nonhuman", edited by Jennifer Parker-Starbuck. - Opening the Circle, Towards a Radical Equality: Performance Philosophy & Animals, Chapter 12, The Routledge Companion to Performance Philosophy, co-edited with Alice Lagaay (London/New York: Routledge) Engagement activities - Talk for vet students - Workshop for vet students - Sheep Pig Goat - session for local schools - Sheep Pig Goat - session for vets - Sheep Pig Goat - session for artists - Sheep Pig Goat - session for theatre students
Start Year 2019
 
Description Independent Dance 
Organisation Independent Dance, Siobhan Davies Studios
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The PI closely collaborated with ID co-director, Henrietta Hale, supported by Sacha Golob (Philosophy, King's College London), to design, plan and deliver a 2-day Performance Philosophy workshop on the theme of "Attention". The workshop was held on ID premises - in the Roof space at Siobhan Davies Studios in London in November 2019. At the core of ID's mission is the aim to increase the reach of dance by collaboration, exchange and enquiry with other disciplines within and beyond the arts. Equally, ID values dance as a form of knowledge and as a method for generating knowledge, championing the distinct contribution of research through (rather than merely about) dancing, teaching and making. Therefore, as well as championing new kinds of relationship between performance and philosophy, this partnership aims to change our understanding of this relationship, particularly in relation to nonhumans. It does so through seeking an equality in the way that different forms of knowledge production are valued, thereby enhancing the perceived value of movement-based/embodied research methods. Many artists that ID engage with have an interest and some also active engagement with philosophy. The On Attention workshop that I initiated offered a high-quality, interestingly specific opportunity to work with philosophy and philosophers for dance/performance artists. Practitioners from both disciplines (performance and philosophy) extended existing knowledges in challenging ways and at a rigorous level, exploring what constitutes information, and how learning can occur in a variety of forms, body practices, and ways of paying attention. Other benefits for ID included: • in-depth engagement with philosophy practitioners and people ID would not usually reach through their workshops networks • the opportunity to strengthen their productive links with higher education institutions • the opportunity to raise the profile of the dance/performance artists involved in a context they wouldn't necessarily get access to.
Collaborator Contribution The PI closely collaborated with ID co-director, Henrietta Hale, supported by Sacha Golob (Philosophy, King's College London), to design, plan and deliver a 2-day Performance Philosophy workshop on the theme of "Attention". The workshop was held on ID premises - in the Roof space at Siobhan Davies Studios in London in November 2019. ID provided in-kind support for the "On Attention" workshop worth approximately £1500 through the creative and organisational input of the co-director, Henrietta Hale. This included closely collaborating with the PI on the selection of the 2 lead artistic contributors (Olive Bieringa and Charlotte Derbyshire) who ran practice-based sessions during the workshop; planning and promoting the event to the ID community and beyond; selection of 10 participants from performance/dance fields; and administrative support associated with hosting the event. Collaboration with Hale and the workshop artists (Bieringa and Derbyshire) has shifting the PI's thinking on the relationship between performance and philosophy - by expanding her knowledge and understanding of the field of somatics and movement studies. Collaboration with Hale and ID also enabled the PI to learn from the organization's proven track record of and commitment to hosting a variety of international events, workshops, seminars in ways that are inclusive and accessible. Through its extensive knowledge and networks in the field of dance/performance practice, ID introduced the PI to new performance practitioners she might not otherwise have come across - including those working on dance as a method for generating knowledge and in relation to nonhuman species, both in UK and internationally.
Impact Outputs: 1) Engagement Activity Event or workshop On Attention November 29th-30th 2019 | 12.30 - 20.30pm Independent Dance at Siobhan Davies Studios Siobhan Davies Studios 85 St. George's Road London, SE1 6ER On Attention was a collaboration between ID, the Centre for Performance Philosophy at Surrey, and the Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts, King's College London. This 2 day workshop brought together philosophers & researchers in dance and movement to explore "attention" as an area of shared methodological interest, allowing both groups to learn from each other about how they think. For this event, we framed (embodied) 'attention', as one way of performing thought that has specific traditions in both the history of philosophy and in dance and somatic practices. The workshop offered a welcoming environment for both philosophers (many of whom had little to no experience of engaging physically in performance practice) and movement researchers (many of whom had little to no formal training in philosophy) to try something new and meet new people outside their discipline, with a view to supporting further collaborations and future conversations. The workshop was structured around practical sessions led by 4 invited contributors who specialise in notions of 'attention' across the fields of philosophy and dance (Olive Bieringa, Charlotte Darbyshire, Wahida Khandker & Komarine Romdenh-Romluc). There were also more open informal sessions for participants to question and challenge presented material, assert and propose different viewpoints or ways of considering thought or knowledge, and to pursue smaller group conversations. 2) The event also led to the creation of a new 'Attention network' - comprising a mailing list and Dropbox folder to allow multi-disciplinary researchers to share resources with one another. There may yet be further outcomes in the form of publication and discussion about future collaboration with ID is ongoing.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Artists sessions at "Sheep Pig Goat" project - February 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 20 invited artists and curators - including colleagues from Finland - attended session of "Sheep Pig Goat" at the University of Surrey Vet School in February 2020. Practitioners invited were primarily those already engaged in interspecies performance work or with research interests in performance and animals. As with the other sessions, the aim was to prompt critical reflection and debate on the role of the arts in the ethics of the production of knowledge about nonhuman animals. The session concluded with a deeply reflective discussion amongst participants and the research team, with many attendees sending unsolicited follow-up emails to the PI to further comment on the questions raised for them by the work. Outcomes have included expressions of interest in future related activity and further funding bids from attendees including Charlotte de Mille, and invitations to the PI to attend related projects including from Sarah Filmer.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.feveredsleep.co.uk/whats-on-content/sheeppiggoat
 
Description Introductory talk to vet students - October 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Project partners, Fevered Sleep and the PI gave an introductory talk to all 1st year students in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey as part of their Communications module. This introduced students to the research project, to the work of Fevered Sleep and explained about the new version of "Sheep Pig Goat" that the students would be invited to in February 2020. Students and staff - who include professional vets - expressed interest in future participation in the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description On Attention: A Performance Philosophy workshop - November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "On Attention" was a 2 day long participatory workshop held at Independent Dance in London in November 2019, co-organized by the PI with the Director of ID, Henrietta Hale. An international and diverse group of 20 invited participants took part in the workshop - including 10 professional dance & movement practitioners, and 10 philosophers - including participants from Brazil and Germany. Workshops sessions were led by 2 invited professional movement practitioners and 2 philosophers. The workshop prompted extensive reflection and discussion throughout - particularly on the challenges associated with interdisciplinary knowledge exchange. Two participants wrote guest blog posts with reflections on the event in order to extend the reach of the workshop to other audiences. On the request of participants, the workshop resulted in the creation of a new "Attention network" open to all, which so far comprises a mailing list and a Dropbox folder for sharing resources.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.performingradicalequality.com/blog/how-do-we-practice-together-reflection-on-on-attentio...
 
Description Performance workshops with vet students - November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Approximately 80 1st year Vet students from the University of Surrey participated in practical, performance based workshops delivered by project partners, Fevered Sleep. The sessions prompted reflection and discussion on the importance of body language for both humans and nonhuman animals. The workshop increased interest in and requests for further information about the "Sheep Pig Goat" project which was held at the Vet School in February 2020. The workshop also led to new reflections for Fevered Sleep as an arts company - understanding more about how arts-based skills might feed into training in other disciplines like Veterinary Medicine.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.performingradicalequality.com/blog/noticing-without-judgment-on-fevered-sleeps-workshops...
 
Description School sessions at "Sheep Pig Goat" - February 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 55 school children (Years 4 & 5) and teachers from Guildford Grove Primary School attended open sessions of "Sheep Pig Goat" at the University of Surrey Vet School in February 2020. Pupils - many of whom had not seen farm animals up close before - participated in a series of 'encounters' between performers and animals, and were invited to pay close attention to the animals as sentient beings. The children completed question cards during their visit, contributed words to a collaborative installation and took part in discussions with the artists and research team after the event. The whole visit raised lots of questions for them about how humans treat animals. Further impact will be reported following debriefing meetings with the school - due to be held in March 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.feveredsleep.co.uk/whats-on-content/sheeppiggoat
 
Description Theatre & Performance sessions at "Sheep Pig Goat" project - February 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact 25 undergraduate students and staff from the Guildford School of Acting attended an open session of "Sheep Pig Goat" at the University of Surrey Vet School in February 2020. The students participated in practical warm-up sessions led by Fevered Sleep, observed the encounters between performers and animals, and engaged in reflection and discussion with the company and research team after the event. The discussion prompted extensive reflection on animal welfare and the extent to which humans can empathise with the perspective of nonhuman animals. Students reported that the event had made them see animals in a new light and to reflect differently on their own treatment of them in the daily lives. Impacts include final year students choosing to write about the project for assessment purposes and requests about further participation and involvement in the wider project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.feveredsleep.co.uk/whats-on-content/sheeppiggoat
 
Description Vet sessions at "Sheep Pig Goat" project - February 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact 50 Vet students, researchers and staff, including visiting vets from other institutions attended open sessions of the "Sheep Pig Goat" project created by project partners, Fevered Sleep and the PI. Visitors described the experience as "eye-opening" in feedback surveys and the event provoked animated discussions both during the event and afterwards. The event was intended to raise questions about the role of the arts in how humans produce knowledge about non-human animals in relation to other fields like veterinary medicine. Discussions with vets built into the event certainly suggested that this was successful. The activity has already led to a full debrief meeting between the PI, the Head of Research and Head of Partnership at the Vet School to discuss approaches to animal welfare in vet schools. Other outcomes include new correspondence between the PI and vets interested in future related activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.feveredsleep.co.uk/whats-on-content/sheeppiggoat
 
Description Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An interactive, engagement focused website was created at the start of the Fellowship in September 2019 and according to site analytics has reached 1,134 unique visitors since it was launched. The website contains a range of resources related to the project including blog posts written by the PI and guest authors including choreographers and philosophers. Blog posts have been shared, and sparked comments and discussion on social media. The PI blog post about Fevered Sleep's workshop with vet students - for example - attracted attention and engagement from vets. The website provides an accessible introduction to the project as a whole and an overview of its different components and outputs. As the project continues, it will host documentation of all activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.performingradicalequality.com/