Primate Cinema: Apes as family

Primate Cinema: Apes as Family is a two channel video installation: an original drama made expressly for chimps on one side, and the chimpanzee audience, on the other. The drama follows an urban female chimp—an actor in animatronic costume—who meets some wild foreigners. Chimps respond by touching the screen, ignoring it, or just sitting and watching. The two channels create a prism for humans to learn about their primate cousins, who are, like us, fascinated by cinema.

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Rachel Mayeri

Artist and Associate Professor of Media Studies, Harvey Mudd College
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Rachel Mayeri is a Los Angeles-based artist working at the intersection of science and art. Her videos, writing, and curatorial projects explore topics ranging from the history of special effects to the human animal. The multi-year project, Primate Cinema, explores linkages between media and the primate order. Shown at The Getty Museum, ZKM, and P.S.1/MoMA, Mayeri is a guest curator of the Museum of Jurassic Technology and Associate Professor of Media Studies at Harvey Mudd College.

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