Public Space With A Roof

Monika Bakke

Pleasures experienced in the border-zone of relations between human and non-human animals vary from creating a functional distance between human animal constructed as a subject and non-human animal constructed as an object (in experience of plesir), through human and animal union in bliss (joissance) and (con)fusion of roles, to a final abandonment of subjectivity in a process of becoming animal. Control over the experience of pleasure, or lack of it, plays a constitutive role in the process of constructing this border. Paradoxically, the mechanism of objectifying (reification) the animal often goes under the guise of offering non-human animals the status of subject. Animal-astronauts are a good example of such pseudo subjectivity, given or actually imposed on non-human animals, becoming the heroes who experienced outer space even before humans. This is the case when the most crude anthropomorphic version of the Aristotelian concept of pleasure, based on the belief that satisfaction comes from a well completed task, is projected onto non-human animals.