Simon Faithfull: exploring our relationship with animals

In his artist residency, Simon Faithfull questioned the relationships between humans and animals, and our attempts to group the latter in rigid scientific systems.  

Watch: behind-the-scenes with Simon Faithfull on his residency at the Museum für Naturkunde.

Simon portrays his experiences of the world through video, digital drawing, installations and writing. 

For Contagious Cities, he created an installation using 80 bird specimens and 120 of his own drawings. ‘An Arbitrary Taxonomy of Birds’ explores our attempts to categorise animals and questions our relationship with the natural world and zoonotic disease. 

This work was exhibited at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin from May to September 2019.

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Contagious Cities was a collaborative exploration of microbes, migration and the metropolis.

The project ran from September 2018 to September 2019.

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