Drawing to Discern Parasites.

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Author: Madison Kelly
Date: Dec. 2018
Publisher: Otago Polytechnic
Document Type: Essay
Length: 1,207 words

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Of all identified species, 30-50 percent are defined as parasitic. (1) Parasite ubiquity, however, does not equate to widespread popularity or criticality. This extends even to animal rights mentalities, which, Giovanni Aloi writes, typically seek "sameness" between humans and animals. (2) Much like "insects, amphibians, fish, reptiles," parasites simply do not "lend themselves to straightforward anthropomorphism," (3) lacking a comfortable relatability through which human attention may be endeared.

As described by Bronwyn Hayward in Sea Change: Climate Politics and New Zealand, climate change (operating as variable "atmospheric and oceanic processes across time and space") sits far outside the comforts of daily human experience. (4) Without familiar human affinities as entry points, a kindred struggle for attention can be identified between the issue of climate change and the world's parasites. It is disappointing, but not surprising therefore, that consideration of interactions between the two are deficient. Michel Serres, exploring metaphorical, biological and philosophical manifestations of parasitism in his book The Parasite, emphasises the compartmentalised nature of parasitology and its difficult "conceptual syntheses." (5) This evaluation (first published in 1980) remains applicable, with parasitology rarely integrated into current marine ecology research--even less so within the field of ocean acidification (OA).

While wider visibility of the two interacting fields is limited, channels of visualisation within OA-parasitology research are numerous and variable. Tools used in research (including artificial C[O.sub.2] tanks, microscopy, cameras and fluorescence) enable collective visualisation, whereby gradual changes--otherwise inaccessible from the perspective of a single human researcher--can be recorded, revealed and observed. Each of these channels offer representations of not only trematode parasites, but also their interactions with acidifying environments and intermediate hosts. Utilising analogous approaches within the studio environment, the video Drawing to Discern Parasites proposes a system of drawing whereby the visualisation of parasitic forms, the agency of water and time-based...

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