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two screen images of chimpanzee's watching videoRachel Mayeri, Primate Cinema: Apes as Family, dual screen still 2011.

Cinema as Primatology Edinburgh Arts Festival panel discussion

Rachel Mayeri

Edinburgh College of Art
74 Lauriston Place
Edinburgh, EH3 9DF

5-6.30pm, Friday 3 August 2012, as part of Edinburgh Art Festival


A panel discussion chaired by curator Rob La Frenais with talks by artists Rachel Mayeri and Andrea Roe, and vet Andrew Gardiner about the development of Primate Cinema: Apes as Family being exhibited in the Sculpture Court at Edinburgh College of Art during the Edinburgh Art Festival 2012

Speakers: Rachel Mayeri, Andrea Roe, Dr Andrew Gardiner and Dr Rob La Frenais

DNA sequencing has placed humans firmly within the great apes, so how do our cognitive abilities differ from those of chimpanzees?  Creativity is considered to be a divide between humans and other species, but do we share basic preferences for novelty and perhaps even form and content with our closest relations? The symposium will explore similarities and differences in perception, cognition and socio-emotional behaviour between humans and chimpanzees, through the perspectives of artists Rachel Mayeri and Andrea Roe, and vet Andrew Gardiner who is currently working on a Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Project entitled 'Pedigree Chums: science, medicine and the remaking of the dog in the 20th century', collaborating with colleagues at CHSTM, Manchester.  The panel discussion will be chaired by Rob La Frenais, curator of The Arts Catalyst who commissioned Rachel Mayeri's video installation Primate Cinema: Apes as Family on show in the Edinburgh College of Art Sculpture Court, 2 August to 2 September 2012.

Admission free, booking essential.

Why ape apes?

Dr Andrew Gardiner's paper, Why ape apes? can be downloaded here.


Wellcome Trust Arts Award, Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies and Arts Council England. With the kind support and collaboration of Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.