5. LAB ANIMALS; FARM ANIMALS

Laboratory animals and farm animals: institutionalize the interaction between humans and animals literally instruments to deliver information or food products, but contain them in increasingly inhumane aka efficient technologies. Through the industrialized farming techniques and large scale testing protocols the animals are increasingly conflated with machines. OOZ designs relations of exchange without the radical confinement, and, I would argue, provides 'better' information. For example the mouse based drugs rests of various sort rely on self administration (for addictive studies for instance). It is one sort of result if the mouse is confined to a cage, but would be a very different result if that mouse were uncaged and part of a functioning social group of mice in a open context. Furthermore, mice confined to a plastic box inhabit a very different environment from the people they are the animal models for.

The lab context removes most of the complex environmental interactions and contingencies that, at this moment in history, we desperately need to understand. OOZ puts this back in. The behavior of OOZ creatures is always in relation to the lived context, they are observed and understood as autonomous creatures in complex unbounded environments. Epidemiological studies are also beginning to use this concept. There have been two studies in which researchers will study cancer clusters in animals (usually pets) in the similar areas to cancer clusters in humans, in order to capture the unknown parameters that the environment introduces that the lab studies (and the vast repository of Western scientific knowledge based on lab studies) cannot represent.

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