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?
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.