Pigeons Appreciate Art: Fact

Bit of a late post this – sorry, got caught up in other stuff – thanks for sending it Mumsie!
This was in The Guardian last week. A scientist freak called Shigeru Watanabe worked out pigeons appreciate art. You don’t say. Course we like art. Jesus.

“The task was not easy. The pigeons had had no previous exposure to the works of either artist. As Watanabe, Sakamoto and Wakita later described it, these were “eight experimentally naive pigeons”.

The paintings used for teaching purposes included Monet’s Terrace of Saint-Adresse (1866), Poplars of Giverny (1888) and nine others. The Picasso instruction consisted of viewing Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), Women Playing with a Ball on a Beach (1932) and eight others. The pigeons viewed projected slides, not the original paintings. They also watched videotapes.”

Anyway, turns out the pigeons could tell the difference between a Monet and a Picasso. Fucking well done.
Thought I’d do my own test – hmmm – can you tell the difference?

A Monet

A Picasso

For fucks sake.
Next, Watanabe – clearly a total mentalist – moved onto Sparrows:

“In 1999, he and a colleague published a report explaining how they had taught seven sparrows to distinguish between the musical works of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and those of Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951). They also taught a different group of sparrows to distinguish between the music of Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) and Eliot Carter (1908-).”

This is the biggest load of old bollocks. Sparrows are thick as shit and only like pop, as far as I know. Anyone disagree – let me know in the comments.

March 19, 2006. Uncategorized.


  1. Suz replied:

    I love this red Pouter guy, he looks so proud 😀


  2. pigeonblog replied:

    Suz: Freak of the week is a fave of mine. There’s so many to choose from!
    Your pal
    Brian P

  3. Sereena X replied:

    Everyone knows pigeons like statues better than paintings.

  4. pigeonblog replied:

    Sereena X: We do indeed love a good statue – or sculpture, largely coz they’re easier for us to get to. That’s where being a web savvy pigeon comes in handy. Means I get to see all sorts of shit other pigeons just don’t get the chance to. I even like Tracy Ermin. Bet I’m the only pigeon around who’s ever heard of her.
    Your pal
    Brian P

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