Debbie Schoone

Close encounters (working title)︎︎︎ visual research (2019, ongoing)

Although mammals are generally regarded as the smartest beings on earth, there is an animal that is also higher intelligent: the octopus.

Their brains do not look like our at all, but they are incredibly intelligent. There are scientists who even argue that they come from outer space, and that we are no closer to alien life than this.

By researching the occurence of the octopus in stories from the past, our visual culture and science, I try to find out what they can tell us about the world where we live in right now.

© Debbie Schoone/2021