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This interaction between bottleneck Guitar and wild orcas from I pod occurred in 2002, while an Interspecies' crew was filming for National Geographic off the north coast of Vancouver Island, Canada.
The recording was made using underwater speakers and hydrophones. Everything you hear, occurred underwater.

The Interspecies View of Human/Animal Relations

From the Interspecies Newsletter

It's been said the environmental crisis is a crisis in human perception. Art may be the best tool available to human culture for transforming perception.  

If these two statements make any sense at all then, clearly, developing a more potent aesthetic dimension to our relations with nature is a crucial task as we prepare our battered world for generations unborn.

Interspecies was chartered as a nonprofit educational organization in 1978,to grant artists some of the same access to wilderness and wild animals that our culture usually reserves only for its field biologists.  

An artist's perception of nature is different than a scientist's.

Biologists operate by the logic of perceiving the world objectively, symbolizing their experience as numbers and objects, doing their best to stand outside and separate, peeking in at nature, albeit observantly, sincerely, wholeheartedly.  

But to view nature from a perceived outside vantage also voids it of subject; diminishing a sense of personal connectedness, feeling, kinship, obligation, intuition, and other forms of direct relating.

It is the way nature is commonly perceived in our culture. The objective vantage is the worldview overwhelmingly promoted by our educational system, the basis of most environmental policy and legislation, and the grounding of an economic system that denies intrinsic value to the natural world it it so skillfully plunders. Our legal system basically categorizes nature as an aspect of property law. This objective vantage is so deeply entrenched within our culture, that many people believe it is the only valid way to perceive our relationship with nature.

Both Ancient and Present

The perception IC promotes, nudges our perceptual focus in a different direction.   It's the artist's vantage, the most ancient and yet the most present way to view a blade of grass.

Please don't make the mistake of dismissing the artist's view as newage fluff. That's a hoax the despoilers use to prompt you to deny intrinsic value to nature. Interspecies instigates an aesthetic trend to relocate the culture’s center back to the earth. We interact with animals rather than act upon them, encouraging both a bond and a metaphor that demonstrates a much-needed balance in nature. We relate to habitat as alive and sentient, a creative wellspring as much as a place possessed of physical features.

This view is not always about finding answers. We acknowledge this rather peculiar aspect of the aesthetic, by paying attention to the ancient but largely forgotten premise of esteeming mystery rather than always trying to solve it.

For more info about the aesthetic philosophy that motivates Interspecies, simply browse the web site. Or take a look at a magazine interview with founder, Jim Nollman, that appeared in THE SUN ... Or read this account from a Seattle Daily newspaper.

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