Samar Khan

In my academic research I recently collaborated with historians, philosophers and linguists to study dairy cow communication. My fieldwork at farms revealed to me how cows are constantly taking instructions from the land. This inspired me to learn how to feel when we receive instructions from the nonhumans we share landscapes with. I use auto-ethnography - writing about myself writing- in order to notice when the cows might be writing through me. “Pay attention” has become my motto.

In my artistic practice, I’m stretching my skills in event organising and facilitation to their greatest extent by designing performative pieces that collaboratively and corporeally investigate how a group of humans might create and hold a space where the presence of nonhuman others is noticed, respected and responded to.