Spot the Difference

Tessa Laird, Andrew Goodman

Published : 2019


Experimental text co-written with Andrew Goodman, performed at Decolonizing Animals conference in Christchurch, New Zealand. The spots of leopards and the stripes of tigers are the stuff of legends and aphorisms. Animal patternation – from the scales of snakes to the wings of butterflies – has inspired art, poetry, and myth across the globe. It has also fascinated science, both in terms of optics, genetics, and animal behaviour. The two major types of animal patternation: camouflage to escape detection by predators, and decoration to attract mates, seem to indicate opposing purposes, yet enact the same tendency – rupture of a “norm”. If smooth, uninterrupted colour is the baseline of natur..

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University of Melbourne Researchers