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Still from Shonagh Short PESTS 2020 Illustration by Rob Jackson

Shonagh Short is a socially engaged artist based in Bolton, Greater Manchester and for online project FACT Together, Shonagh created PESTS.

PESTS is a ‘choose your own adventure’ game with a difference, offering the choice of experiencing a human or a fly’s view of their shared domestic space.

The investigation of shared ownership and the interdependency of human actions with other species acts as a cautionary tale to humankind: asking us to move beyond our negative perceptions of common household pests in order to see how they survive and thrive, and to use them as a framework for resilience in response to the changing world around us.


Shonagh Short