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Zoological Museum /
Natural History Museum of Finland

(N/lat 60° 10.279’, E/lon 24° 56.189’)

Operating as part of the University of Helsinki, the Zoological Museum is a research unit specialising in the multiplicity and biodiversity of animal species on the planet. Zoological research at the museum focuses primarily on systematics, taxonomy (species classification), animal geography, and projects involving the charting and observation of different species. The Zoological Museum serves the local community by, for instance, proving expert statements on a variety of topics. The Zoological Museum contains exhibits from over 10 million animals.

A question and a proposal

Our time has been called the age of global performance; it has been said that performance and spectatorship define us living at the beginning of 21st century. At the same time we are living in an age of ecological crises, and many researchers consider the extinctions of animal species to be our greatest thread.

How would it be possible to find a way out of the performative society, or at least move to its periphery, and change the meaning of spectatorship?

A proposal: Create a performance with non-human actor(s), or create a performance for a non-human spectator. Other than human, as non-human agents, we mean here beings and processes of “nature”: other animals, plants, phenomena of weather, various durational processes. If you wish to share your experiences, you can do it via the Chronopolitics Facebook page. But public sharing might not be the most meaningful way to approach this issue in the performative societies. You can also contact Maus&Orlovski performance collective by e-mail: Enable JavaScript to view protected content.