From: Vincent Campbell (VCampbell@dmu.ac.uk)
Date: Tue 19 Apr 2005 - 12:59:53 GMT
Just dipping into the flow here and happened upon this comment about animal
I saw a book once- in an otherwise reputable bookshop- that was entirely
about cat art, in other words art by cats...
Can't remember the title though.
Also saw a piece on the local TV news the other day about some kind of
primate (a monkey, not an ape) that appeared to like to draw on paper- film
showed it making marks on the paper whilst others of it's group just tried
to eat the paper.
A few years ago, I think I recall seeing a programme about those bonobos
they taught to sign, and some of them painted too- although i believe their
painting was interpreted of being of the movement of objects, rather than
objects themselves (e.g. lots of zig zags for a ball bouncing) all a bit
Do any animals categorically make aesthetic representations, aside from
physical performances, like humans do? Bower birds perhaps?
Is this a root to memes- the capacity to abstract an idea into a
representational form in another medium (cave art, stone tool, piece of
modern art, whatever...)?
Off the topic a bit I'm sure.
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> > > IIRC, a painting by a mule won a prize in a modern
> > > art exhibition in
> > > Paris early in the 20th century. ;-)
> I think that's an urban myth.
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