Between a Dog and a Wolf
Between a Dog and a Wolf: An Animal Empathy Workbook is the culmination of the first year of CCA’s Our Neighbourhood, a participatory public project led in this first year by Sarah Browne. The material in this publication is the result of a 10 month progamme of workshops, screenings, talks and performances which took place at CCA, around the city and beyond.
Between a Dog and a Wolf attempts to see the urban environment through a new lens by asking the question: ‘What do animals know about our neighbourhood that we don’t?’ Through an open call process a community of interest was formed, and participated over a ten-month period in workshops, screenings, talks and performances. Workshops were led by Aislinn O’Donnell, Clyde Doyle, Matt Green, Steve Batts, Laura Durán, Jessica Foley, Rory Harron and Didem Durak, centring on subjects such as philosophy, sound recording and movement practice. Through investigation of our relationships with animals in their intimate and personal dimensions, as well as the roles assigned to animals in public and political life, the group attempted to redraw boundaries around established groups and values in the city.
The book is laid out in an instructional format, laying out a series of exercises and documentation from the workshops as well as critical essays. The participants in the project, during a drafting session for the publication, decided that it should be classified as ‘397 Outcast Studies’ within the Dewey Decimal system. Although the ‘397 Outcast Studies’ classification is no longer used, it is befitting that it should be classified within ‘390 Customs Ettiquette and Folklore’ to which ‘Outcast Studies’ once belonged. The 148-page spiral bound book was designed by Studio Hato and printed on a Risograph stencil duplicator.
Our Neighbourhood is generously supported by the Esmeé Fairbairn Foundation and The Legacy Fund (The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Derry City & Strabane District Council).
Book Launch – 8th August 2015
Image: Map by Jaci Wilde from Clyde Doyle’s ‘Lines of Flight’ workshop at CCA as part of Our Neighbourhood.
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