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Sometimes visible, sometimes not? (If so, when visible and when invisible? ) Is the jellyfish somehow, metaphysically, visible and invisible at the same time? Do we see some but not all of the animal? (If so, what parts? indd 19 4/4/2012 11:58:11 AM 20 An Introduction to Animals and Visual Culture we can always see, and some we never see? ) What are the characteristics of the visual animal, and of its alter-ego, the invisible animal? After being warned of the tentative and limited visibility, we proceed through the poem to encounter a few brief but tantalizing cues that make the reader want to visualize the animal.
Like Laika, Dolly was a pioneer. indd 30 4/4/2012 11:00:06 AM Famous Animals 31 to life replicas of beloved Fluffies and Fidos. Others saw her as a hapless victim of hubristic human meddling in a sci-fi tableau where she was the fodder for our fantasies. Her actual identity was overwritten by these fantasies and by the narrative scientists disseminated with no less gusto than their inventions of the genetic technology itself. Artists, too, have created many visual icons and visual narratives of Laika.
Her actual identity was overwritten by these fantasies and by the narrative scientists disseminated with no less gusto than their inventions of the genetic technology itself. Artists, too, have created many visual icons and visual narratives of Laika. Pavel Medvedev’s 2008 sculpture, which stands outside the Moscow military research facility where the flight team prepared the space mission that killed her, shows her standing atop a rocket. The tableau seems oddly askew, as Laika traveled and died trapped inside the machine, and it would have been literally impossible for her to stand on top of the rocket, either on the launching pad or in space.