This last weekend I wanted to take my “mole” piece into a different setting. What would the animal me look like in the context of other animals? As it is lambing season I’ve been asked back to help with the lambing with my folks. It occurred to me that it would be interesting to perform to our sheep. My folks have also just installed a night vision camera to help keep a watchful eye on the ewe’s barn, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take my night vision work further. So that evening after dark I slowly crept into the barn to perform to my new audience. Keeping my movements as slow as possible as not to startle them too much I began to move round in the space wearing my cones. The sheep were rather frightened and instantly huddled in the corner and remained watching me from a safe distance. As I’ve practised I much prefer to keep my movements close to the floor, I was quite literally rolling about and piss and shit but I did not mind, at this point all my sensors had been stripped of anything prominently human, I had no sight, could not touch, smelt only sheep, heard silence and the occasional rustle and bleat.
Later I asked my mum my she thought the sheep were so frightened, she told me that she believe they identify an animal by it’s movement not it’s look alone, a dear moves like a dear, a human moves like a human, when an animal moves in a way that does not fit a stigma the effect is unsettling for the sheep. But what if I’d stayed like that for days/ weeks would the sheep eventually accept me as another animal that naturally moved in that way?