Research 02 – Goatman by THOMAS THWAITES

Thomas tried to become a goat with the real goats in the Alps and live with them together. According to Thomas, this project became an exploration of how close modern technology can take us to fulfilling an ancient human dream: to take on characteristics from other animals. But instead of the ferocity of a bear, or the perspective of a bird, the characteristic most useful in modern life is something else; being present in the moment perhaps (, 2016).

Basically, Thomas built an exoskeleton of a goat and a prosthetic stomach to digest grass. Look at those animals, why they can live in nature finely by utilizing their basic Instinct without any other assistive tools? And then now look at human beings, during the ancient time, ancient people had the ability of suiting the nature, making tools and making their life better by themselves. However, people are using various assistant tools to get different things and protect themselves well. Just think about it, if there is no more intelligent tools, then can current humans still have a basic survival skills for adapting the nature environment?

And also, since human beings became to the significant species among all types of animals, how do we close to other animals? Is it better to have a back forward life and enjoy the most natural life?

From thinking about how could one live in total natural environment to rethink human beings’ instincts and how reproduction of population would be in the future, which is a powerful and meaningful discussion for everybody.


Photograph: Tim Bowditch From theguardian


Photograph: Tim Bowditch From theguardian


Photograph: Tim Bowditch From theguardian

Resource: (2016). THOMAS THWAITES » A holiday from being human (GoatMan). [online] Available at: [Accessed 15 Jun. 2016].

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