Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson: Radio Animal Unit
Radio Animal was a component of the project Uncertainty In The City – a speculative, artists’ exploration into the relationship between humans and the animals that nudge at and breach the borders of our homes
The content from Radio Animal was instrumental in feeding the Uncertainty… project as whole. During 2009 and 2010 we took our modified webcasting van out to field events, and to individuals and communities in the Lancaster and Morecambe area to get the opinions of those with stories to tell regarding encounters between humans and other species. The mechanism of the mobile unit itself was extremely successful. People entered the caravan, sat down and were put at their ease, very often remarking how comfortable it was. This sense of comfort and intimacy was constructively disarming and such a commitment would always yield at least one if not several stories.
By these two means – our excursions with Pest Control operatives and the Radio Animal interviews we fielded and recorded hundreds of accounts of animal/human encounters, and by so doing, a picture began to emerge of local human behaviour towards animals and the environment—of tolerance and intolerance, of fear and loathing, affection, conflict, pathos, admiration, longing and so on.