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Curator

human, future

early-Anthropocene

An electronic sheep

Photographer unknown

c. late 20th century

This precious historical photograph of an early prototype of electronic sheep has demonstrated scientists and archaeologists’ assumption of the history of electronic animals. It suggests that as early as in the 20th century, people have started to explore the possibility of electronic animals and their financial potential. As a convenient pet and a economic substitute of real animals, electronic animals enable more to own a symbol of comfortable, carefree life and improve their living quality and mental welfare. Besides, the industry of electronic animal manufacture has brought a considerable amount of jobs, greatly boosting the recovery of economy after the WWT.

[Dick, P. K., 1968. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?]

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Curator

human, 0002035 C.E.

early-Anthropocene

Sheep with prosthetic leg

c. 20th century

Mongolia

This is a film still of a sheep with a manufactured prosthetic leg. This reflects a simpler time when farmers cared more deeply for their livestock, by mediating their injuries, and did not send them to slaughter for being ‘defective’. The sheep’s original leg was probably severed during a fox attack and represents the grounds by which members of rural communities advocate fox hunting as a viable sport for the maintenance of their livestock. However, it could be argued that fox hunting encourages the ruthless killing of defenceless wild animals and has no subsequent impact on the safety of farm animals.

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artist/creator

Ariel Li

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