‘Future animals’: Friend or Food?
22 July 2009
A video about the project is now available on You Tube at:
March 23rd Future Animals Exhibition official opening 10pm Amgueddfa Cymru / National Museum Wales.
Jacqui Mulville is leading a team that has been awarded Beacon for Wales funding for a project engaging young people in workshops to consider how future pets and farm animals will look.
‘What will pets look like in a thousand years time? With climate change and increasing population will you need smaller, cleaner, transportable pets – a micro-dog the size of a mobile that poops perfumed pellets perhaps? Do you want your hamster to be much the same as it is now - or do you fancy a bigger, stronger, fiercer, faster, fighting hamster? How about a racing tortoise? How would you breed one for speed - longer legs or maybe a lightweight racing shell with spoilers?’ (project publicity)
The project is a partnership between students and staff from the Schools of History and Archaeology (Jacqui Mulville - HISAR) and Biosciences (Mike Bruford - BIOSCI), an award-winning artist Paul Evans: Paintings & Drawings, Learning - National Museum Cardiff (NMW) and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Ambassador (STEM) Manager, Tina Crimp based at Techniquest.
‘Future animals: friend or food?’ will offer young people an insight into, and an exploration of, ‘artificial selection - a key aspect of Charles Darwin’s research into the origin of species by natural selection. In addition to offering hands-on creative challenges and experience, these workshops will offer scope for ethical debate about our past, present and future relationship with animals, and the responsibilities that we face as agents of biological change. The workshops will also offer young people the chance to participate directly in the process of designing a museum display. The display will start at the National Museum Cardiff (NMC) and will be used during outreach activities by HISAR and BIOSCI at the University of Cardiff and in STEM outreach events.