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The fluid meanings of harvesting (to gather, acquire, use, take, catch, remove for use) recalls the unsettled relationship between humans and animals.
As a hunting companion, the falcon is both catcher and in use, of prey and by humans respectively. In the video I’m an Animal, You’re an Animal Too, I closely examine the body of a falcon and its movements. The camera moves from one part of the body to another, as if dissecting first the head, then the chest, followed by a shoulder or a foot.
Wearing the traditional falcon hood (and thus unable to see), and tethered to its post, the falcon’s movements are slow until its attention is seemingly caught by some exterior sound or sensation, resulting in a rapid turn toward this direction. The video eventually splits into two images, with footage of the falcon next to video of me. Tracking with my eyes the falcon’s movements, I use my body to draw the falcon’s gestures.
In placing myself next to the falcon, I express my desire to collapse the boundary between us, to dissolve a coherent sense of self that exists independently from the world around it.
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