A Moment of Si(l)ence
A Moment of Si(l)ence seeks to create a moment for the viewer(s) to recognize how many deaths of animals occur within laboratories. The installation’s purpose is to allow the viewer to take a moment out of their day to reflect upon the lives that were taken in the name of science. There are many who believe that animals do not feel pain, sadness, joy, or compassion and thereby claim it is not necessary to extend the same ethical concern to them as is given to humans; however, humans still argue we need the nonhumans to be used in science because it is the thought that the needs of humans are more significant than that of animals.
Kacie Auffret, Masters Student, University of British Columbia Okanagan
Kacie Auffret graduated with a BFA honours from the University of Windsor and is now pursing her MFA in Visual Arts interdisciplinary creative and critical studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Auffret’s work ranges from intaglio printmaking, digital media, photographs and performance art. Auffret’s interested in the relationships between people and animals, including animals in the industrial food chain, wildlife, household pets, and lab specimens. Auffret is now researching the difference between hunted animals and factory farming.