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April 03, 2008

It's All in the Nose

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Omigosh indeed.

A fun and apt response from FvBlowhard, to whom I earlier emailed a link to this vid: "Wowee! That certainly upsets a lot of assumptions about art-making! Unless the elephant was elaborately trained to do that. Well, wait a minute, I guess I was trained to do some art stuff, too. Well, that’s one interesting elephant, trained or au naturel!"

Best, and wishing I had half that creature's style,


posted by Michael at April 3, 2008


So, those famous cave paintings may have been done by mammoths? :-)

Posted by: Intellectual Pariah on April 4, 2008 9:16 AM

My daughters both loved the notion that they could talk with animals.

My younger girl has gone swimming with the dolphins a couple of times.

I wonder if we are headed toward a future in which we will communicate more deeply with animals. Maybe we just don't know how yet.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on April 4, 2008 11:16 AM

IP -- That's a great hunch. It'd certainly re-write a little history.

ST -- There is something magical about intra-species communication, isn't there? Even without anything miraculous, those moments with a dog or cat or horse where you seem to be on the same wavelength ... Very pleasing and magical. It'd be cool if we could open those opportunities up even wider. I wonder what the creatures would tell us?

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on April 4, 2008 11:25 AM

It's not representational! That elephant isn't an artist! Modern artists are elephants! Modern elephants aren't artists!

Something like that.

Posted by: JV on April 4, 2008 2:54 PM

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