Immerse yourself in an experience that rests at the mystic intersection of the forces of nature and culture with humans, animals, and language. “Every Word was Once an Animal” is a collaborative creative project led by University of Oregon Professor of Art Carla Bengston, exploring the connections between art, science, dance, music, and olfaction. Inspired by the research of Dr. Emilia Martins of Arizona State University on the group learned, gestural language of Western fence lizards, the exhibit will take visitors on an evoking journey that transgresses the dividing lines between mind/body and human/animal. During the exhibit, the contributions of choreographer Darion Smith and composer Juliet Palmer will further enrich the experience through a combination of dance and sound, calling on the public to challenge their senses as it relates to how sound and movement is made and interpreted, all the while engaging the audience through the perspective of non-human species.
The exhibit is open to the public at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art from March 07, 2020 to April 19, 2020. More detailed information about the exhibit and the dance schedules can be found here.