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Sam Easterson, "Chick Outfitted with Video Camera", video still, 2005.

Sam Easterson

As a way to increase the public's awareness of animals and plants in their native habitats as well as glean a new perspective on these creature's daily lives, San Francisco, California-based artist Sam Easterson straps tiny helmet-mounted video cameras onto everything from buffaloes to tarantulas.

A video artist for ten years, Easterson's initial drive for seeking out different perspectives had him setting up equipment inside clothes dryers and popcorn poppers. Then in the spring of 1998, Easterson was commissioned by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis to create a new video project. For that project, which he titled "A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing", he outfitted a flock of sheep with helmet-mounted video cameras. The video footage captured of the perspective of one of the sheep was then showcased in an exhibition that he had at the Walker Art Center.

"I was shocked to realize all the other animals in the flock could tell that this one sheep with the camera had been 'altered' in some way. She kept trying to enter, and they kept treating her as an outcast. I also learned sheep can run very fast and fences are not as sturdy   . .(Read more)




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