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Kuai Shen Ohm1gas 2012 Image by Rob Battersby Installation view at FACT 6

And Say the Animal Responded?

Ariel Guzik, Amalia Pica and Rafael Ortega, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Demelza Kooij and Kuai Shen.

FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ
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Part of the The Living Planet season

If we listened to animals, what would we hear? What might they say to us about their world?

As we emerge from this period of isolation, and refocus our attention on a rapidly changing climate, And Say the Animal Responded? creates a space for the voice of the animal that we have gained greater awareness of during this time.

"A captivating show that explores our fragile connection to other species." ★★★★

The Guardian

Tune in to a choir of whales and dolphins ‘singing’ to an artist’s undersea instrument, encounter the quiet presence of wolf pack filmed from above, meet a family of chimps startled by a camera in their rainforest home, listen to a live colony of leafcutter ants turned scratch DJs, witness a computer-generated re-creation of an extinct rhino glitch in and out of existence. This immersive exhibition brings you face to face with animals from around the world through film, art and creative technology.

And Say the Animal Responded? presents work by five international artist/artist groups who have captured animal voices through the use of human technology. Explore the galleries for free as we question the relationship between human and animal. If we put the animal’s perspective before that of the human, what would they tell us about the current state of the planet - and what can we learn from this?

Featuring artists Ariel Guzik (Mexico), Amalia Pica (Argentina/UK) with Rafael Ortega (Mexico), Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg (UK), Demelza Kooij (Netherlands/UK) and Kuai Shen (Ecuador), the exhibition takes its title from philosopher Jacques Derrida’s essay of the same name.

"Timely. This exhibition considers the faltering, fragile relationships between humans and the non-humans we share the planet with."

Corridor 8

We're really looking forward to seeing you but our number one priority is keeping you safe. Our new exhibition has been carefully adapted to enable health and safety measures such as social distancing. You can plan your visit beforehand and take a look at the changes we've made to keep you safe by clicking here.

If you can't visit us at the moment - don't worry! Explore a virtual tour of the exhibition. Navigate your way through the galleries, listen to an audio description of each artwork and experience the works in 360°. Plus you can watch interviews with artists Kuai Shen, Demelza Kooij, Amalia Pica and Rafael Ortega in the tour or by scrolling down on this page.


The State of the Arts

"There couldn’t be a more poignant moment to examine the themes which arise within this cleverly curated collection of art."


FACT is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and is funded by Liverpool City Council.

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Film Night: Out to Sea

Join FACT for an evening of short documentary and artist films which focus on marine life and are curated to reflect on the themes of current exhibition And Say the Animal Responded?

Primate Cinema Apes as Family 2011 Directed by Rachel Mayeri Courtesy of the Director


Film Night: Who's Aping Who

Discover a curated selection of short films looking at primate behaviour and their relationship to human cousins.

Demelza Kooij, Still from The Breeder (2017). Courtesy of the Artist.


Film Night: Cats in The Cradle

Join FACT for an evening of specially selected short films and documentaries looking at feline behaviour - domestic and wild - reflecting on the themes found in exhibition And Say the Animal Responded?

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