Print on bone, wood. 15x 12 x 4 cm.
Following my interest in our relationship with animals, on those still living free in nature, Anima, unlike To be or not to be, focuses on a closer context. That of the mountains where I grew up, in contact with a great variety of beings. And Hunters.
In order to get information these leave food or substances that attract animals to a motion sensor camera.
I have made a selection from these random images and printed most of them on bones and animal skin. Another dimension of what they are to us.
Finally I have painted or scratched on these organic canvases a certain kind of spirit.
“The knowledge of the soul admittedly contributes greatly to the advance of truth in general, and, above all, to our understanding of Nature, for the soul is in some sense the principle of animal life.” Aristotle “On the Soul (Anima)” 350 B.C.E.
On July 7, 2012, a prominent international group of cognitive neuroscientists gathered at The University of Cambridge to reassess the neurobiological substrates of conscious experience and related behaviors in human and non-human animals. While comparative research on this topic is naturally hampered by the inability of non-human animals, and often humans, to clearly and readily communicate about their internal states, the following observations can be stated unequivocally:
“The absence of a neocortex does not appear to preclude an organism from experiencing affective states. Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors. Consequently, the weight of evidence indicates that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Non-human animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, also possess these neurological substrates.”