Cinema as Primatology Edinburgh Arts Festival panel discussion

Rachel Mayeri, Primate Cinema: Apes as Family, (still) 2011 bedroom
Rachel Mayeri, Primate Cinema: Apes as Family, (still) 2011 bedroom

A panel discussion 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

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 worked 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 was chaired by Rob La Frenais, who commissioned Rachel Mayeri's video installation Primate Cinema: Apes as Family.