The Museum of the History of Cattle
Helsinki, Cable Factory 30.11-10.12.2013
photographs: Noora Geagea, Terike Haapoja
“For thousands of years history has been written from the perspective of a small minority, humans. Still, the world has always been shared by numerous species. For the first time in history a non-human form of life will have their own museum, an institution that makes their experience of this shared reality visible.
Museum of the History of Cattle opens on 1.12. 2013 in Helsinki. The museum exhibits bovine culture and the relationship between cattle and their companion species. The installations explore the changes in bovine landscape caused by urbanization, the Industrial Revolution, and the theory of evolution, and studies the indigenous cattle populations.”
The Museum of the History of Cattle is the first installment of the encyclopedic research and art project “The History of Others”. The project aims to re-write cultural history from the point of view of non-human animals. In collaboration with professionals from the fields of biology, humanities and the arts, research will focus on the viewpoint of various species’ shared lifeworld. The project takes on different forms depending upon the species in question, with an end goal of collecting the multiple installments of research and artworks into a large scale Museum of the History of Others exhibition and publication.
The Museum of the History of Cattle takes the form of an 250m2 ethnographic museum, exhibiting the shared history of cattle and humans, one of their most important companion species. The large scale exhibition looks at the way in which human scientific theories, such as evolution, technological developments and related ideologies have effected the lives of both of these species. It also looks at the concepts of time, history and heritage from the perspective of cattle, while providing information about the lives of cattle outside the normative, human-dominated cattle society.
Please browse the galleries on the page History of Cattle gallery (link) for details and texts (selected).
The exhibition is suitable for scientific, pedagogical or art context.