What's easier to train, a cat or a human?

What's easier to train, a cat or a human?


Rosie Benn, 2020 

Lecture-Performance, Artist Research Book


The Lecture-Performance explores ethical paradoxes encountered when raising cats. A backyard garden ecosystem and cat food packaging are analyzed in relation to cultural and legal constructions of so-called animal and human interrelations. Props are used as cues to trigger stories about the ontology of everyday artefacts. Elements of strain and contradiction are embraced rather than hidden, when delving into this personal interpretation of the current ecological and social crisis.  


Parallel to the Performace-Lecture; primary and secondary research, in the form of heterogeneous material manifested into a story of critical reflection and fantasy. Excerpts of the story as well as a bibliography for the project can be found via the following link



Rosie Benn, 2020, 

Artistic research book

Your five zones are already at work. The fifth in a deep slumber. The hunch, speedy girl, and perennial time are making a plot. In the garden by the orange house storytelling and wild

accusations will be brought into practice. A pinboard way of trying to making sense of

things. A look into the micro-politics found in living with cats. There may be enactments of mutual appreciation and we might encounter a series of rude interruptions. As we graze over the trials and tribulations of crisis and kinship in the animal kingdom.

Parallel to the development of the lecture-performance, research was formed into this written component. Material such as scientific journals, sketches, sound recording and interviews manifested itself in a story of critical reflection and fantasy.

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(c) Rosie Benn, 2020