A report, fully photo-documented, from the FIWI, Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, by Max Kropitz and Zahra Shahabi opened this Roundtable, focussing on issues such as taxidermy, experiments' set up using mice and studies on fish behaviour.
At this session, we had interesting insights emerging from stories that traced back to site-specific experiences and the conversation
of the students with a taxidermist. He told them about how bodies can be ordered for taxidermy which leads to oft controversial
discussions and explains why we find only two types of lions: siting and jumping?
Their investigations into the environment at the institute lead their curiosity into experimental set-ups with sound and mice. The spatial model in which the experiment is displayed is huge and from above one looses all sense of scale. Male mice were trapped in cages wearing a collar, while female mice could move around freely, singing.
We also had a report by Sebastian Kienzl and Joan Carles Ballesta that follows up the work in progress at the Department of Limnology. They explained that the scientists at the institute are concerned with experiments on biofilms, how biofilms are built in a specific way and about issues related to journal publications. They related as well to models, simulations about metabolism experiments, and the field-work at Lunz am See, questioning what is the real and what is a simulation.
Part of this Roundtable was an exercise introduced by Bernd Kräftner, focussed on "reflexion" including the reading of a text by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, "Becoming an animal", set as a meditative experience in duo groups, consisting on drawing "yourself" in the other's eye. It finalized with the projection of a teaser movie, snippets: “Moby Dick” and “Joseph Beuys”.