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The dancer and performer Krõõt Juurak has been closely looking at cats and dogs for quite a long time. She considers the cat she had when she was little as one of her most influential teachers. She says that as a performer, she has felt closer to household pets like cats and dogs than to many people of other, different professions. Therefore, she proposes to classify living beings not in terms of species but in terms of fields of labour. Cats and dogs are constantly working to get some attention and to please the humans – they are engaged in different forms of immaterial labour, according to Juurak's understanding, very comparable to her work as an artistic performer. In her latest, on-going project, she decided to turn things around and do performances for her "colleagues from another species". In this intense dialogue she shows some material and talks about her experiences with pet performances, touching many aspects of human-pet-relations from a consequently de-human-centered point of view.

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  • Krõõt Juurak

date

21/11/2015

location

Musée de l’Homme, Paris

is an artist and performer for human and animal audiences. In 2008, she launched "Autodomestication", a project which investigates immaterial labor across species and working conditions of household pets and other immaterial workers.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: Personal website

is an artist and performer for human and animal audiences. In 2008, she launched "Autodomestication", a project which investigates immaterial labor across species and working conditions of household pets and other immaterial workers.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: Personal website

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