Journal article

In the beginning there was the worm: Animal voices beyond the verbal

Tessa Laird

Artlink: Australian contemporary art quarterly | Artlink Australia | Published : 2018


Four humanimals creep, crawl, sniff and moan their way through a seated audience, towards an empty performance area which awaits their presence. Snorting and snuffling is audible as the liminal creatures rub themselves against giggling audience members, rolling across laps and crawling under chairs. Their faces are painted with dark bands across the eyes-like a species of bird, bandit, or warrior. When they reach the performance area, they crouch in a circle, continuing their muffled cries as one of them stands.

University of Melbourne Researchers