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Author Plumb, Colleen, 1970- photographer.

Title Thirty times a minute / Colleen Plumb.

Publication Info. Santa Fe, NM : Radius Books ; [2019]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Oversize Stacks  779.32967 P731t 2019    ---  Available
Description 216 pages : color illustrations ; 34 cm
text txt rdacontent
still image sti rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary Captive elephants exhibit what biologists refer to as stereotypy, which includes rhythmic rocking, head bobbing, stepping back and forth, and pacing. Colleen Plumb traveled to over seventy zoos in the US and Europe to film this behavior, and distilled her footage into a video that weaves together dozens of captive elephants, bearing the weight of an unnatural existence in their small enclosures. She has installed guerrilla public projections of the video in over 100 locations worldwide, constructing photographs of each projection. 'Thirty Times a Minute' (the resting heart rate of an elephant) explores the way animals in captivity function as symbols of persistent colonial thinking, that a striving for human domination over nature has been normalized, and that consumption masks as curiosity. The work sheds light on abnormal behaviors of captive elephants in order to bring attention to implicit values of society as a whole, particularly those that perpetuate power imbalance and tyranny of artifice. The presence of massive, intelligent, far-roaming, emotional animals such as elephants in urban zoos exemplifies contradiction and discordance, and public projections of their image onto urban walls and out-of-context surfaces adds to the layers of incongruity. Aware of the tremendous need to protect native habitat and its residents, this project contributes to the idea that sentient beings are not meant for spectacle or display.
Subject Elephants -- Behavior -- Pictorial works.
Animal welfare -- Pictorial works.
Human-animal relationships -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Pictorial works.
Photography, Artistic.
Projection art.
Plumb, Colleen, 1970-
Photography, Artistic. (OCoLC)fst01061964
Animal welfare. (OCoLC)fst00809431
Elephants -- Behavior. (OCoLC)fst00908012
Human-animal relationships -- Moral and ethical aspects. (OCoLC)fst00963485
Projection art. (OCoLC)fst01078833
Genre/Form Pictorial works. (OCoLC)fst01423874
ISBN 9781942185451 hardcover
1942185456 hardcover

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