26 Jul

Friday Late: Pick of the Litter

From animal trials to dog dating apps, reconsider human/animal relations at this month's Friday Late at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

An infatuation with pets has become part of a generational identity, with millennials fuelling a spending boom on four-legged friends and Instagram awash with fluffy celebrities. This Friday Late, take part in a therapy pig session and experience performances for pets. Explore an animal-dating app and question the evolution of digital pets. See dancers explore animal domestication and uncover stories of pets within the V&A collections.

How well do we understand our pets… and does it matter?

Can you tell the difference between a dog bark that says ‘I’m lonely, don’t leave me!’ and one that warns ‘don’t get close, I might bite!’? Dr Siobhan Abeyesinghe, senior lecturer in animal behaviour and welfare science at the RVC, explores our understanding of dog behaviour. Find out what influences the judgements we make about how animals feel, and discover how good you are at speaking canine.

Location: V&A Museum, London
Date: Friday 26th July
Time: 6.30 - 10.00pm (Siobhan's talk is at 8.15pm in Room 64b, The Simon Sainsbury Gallery)

More information: Friday Late: Pick of the Litter


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