The Anthropecentrism

Final 4th Year Assessment, Uncategorized

Today you can see the power of humans everywhere, technology, farming, birth giving, the use of animals for recreational means, use of military to control nature, etc.

Humans control every field that you can think of, but is it actually the right way of living on Earth, is it ethical of what we do to other animals, do we have the right to do it, are we Gods? I want to explore the ultimate ways that humans are controlling nature, farming becomes one the major issues within Ethics. Every single egg, bottle of milk you get from the store down the road, are produced and manufactured on ‘farms’. If every person would visit farms,  we would probably abandon the use of dairy , and meat. Today farming becomes more about the quantity of production rather than the ways of keeping animals in good and ethical ways. I believe this comes from the rapidly increasing numbers of population and the demand for more and more.

Poultry farming just in the UK consists of 875 million chickens, 17 million turkeys, 16 million ducks per year. Furthermore, the consumption of eggs within the UK is around 12,320 million eggs (+4%) per year. These numbers are huge, as the population within the uk is only 65,111,143. Does humanity really needs so much meet to survive, or we prefer the desire of food to overtake the ethicality of production and consumption?

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Have u ever wondered what a beautiful and complicated the process of egg forming in the chicken is. Or how the eggs itself can sustain and grow the chick till it hatches. It takes about 24 hours for an to be developed inside of the chicken with the life in it, and then humans can boil it in just 15 and eat in 2 min.

By recent experiments, people were buying eggs in supermarkets, and generally one in 30 would hatch, or a few, but the companies were denying that there was  a possibility for the eggs being fertilized. But knowing this, it becomes a question of ethics, can you eat something that could have developed into the full size chicken, which could walk, mate etc. Is it ethical for humans to eat embryos of other animals?

Taking these ideas further I want develop art installations that would question these ideas.

 

Questions to think about (‘Alba Rabbit’ and Humans in Nature)

Autumn Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year, Uncategorized

As besides Art I study Philosophy in the past two years I have focused on Environmental Ethics, Animal Rights and Anthropocentric Climate Change. I believe it has influenced my art practice a lot.

There are many moral questions regarding the role of Humans in Nature and our interference with nature which became a norm in our lives. ‘Alba Rabbit’ by Kac, is the perfect example of this. The questions that come into your head would be ‘wow thats a cool experiment’, and ‘why’.

The science is not only makes our lives easier but it also influences the world we live in. Considering this piece of art one might think “why”, but one of the answers that is ‘because we can do it’.  So here comes the realization of humans ‘playing God’, which was highlighted by many Deontologists. Species are getting extinct, animals are used for science and food production, climate change has been proven to be mainly anthropocentric. So why, we continue producing CO2 emissions, trying to control animal populations, clone them, breed them, why we are trying to control nature? The answer ‘just because we can’ is seems pretty vague here, especially thinking on the global scale.