Is it possible to stop making use of animals by acknowledging their equal value?

Researching my relationship with animals through old photos made me realise that, even though I see myself as animal loving, my behaviour towards them is partly still questionable. We are all consciously and unconsciously using animals. We grow up considering the human species the crown of creation, in the belief that an animal’s purpose is to somehow be useful for humans. We are human animals ourselves, but have separated our own species from the the rest within the animal kingdom. This project can be seen as an inspiration for reflecting upon one’s own past, present and future with animals. Supporting openness, sensitivity and consideration for not only people’s, but also animals’ needs is in the core of this project. Philosophical arguments by Precht, Singer, Regan, Cohen, Wolf, and Brody form the theoretical skeleton, which carries personal observation, interpretation and reflection. Several experiments have been part of the research process, one in which I attempted to make gelatine out of my own skin. The physical outcome is a book containing text, photographs and illustrations, as well as postcards and stickers.
Human_Animal was exhibited at DesignMarch 2018 in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Texts and books for further information:

Kalof, Linda, Fitzgerald, Amy, eds. The Animals Reader. The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings. Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2007.

Precht, Richard David. Tiere denken. Vom Recht der Tiere und den Grenzen des Menschen. München: Goldmann, 2016.

Regalado, Antonio, ”Human-Animal Chimeras Are Gestating on U.S. Research Farms“, Accessed September 20, 2017.

Spencer, Decuypere, Aerts, and Johan de Tavernier. ”History and Ethics of Keeping Pets: Comparison with Farm Animals“, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 19, no. 1: 17-25.

Wolf, Ursula, ed. Texte zur Tierethik. Stuttgart: Reclam, 2008.

Experiment on making gelatine. Using what my own body provides: