We the Extranimals
The installation We the Extranimals shares the story of Susan Begy’s extraordinary encounter and her response to it. In 2009, Begy, while walking her dog near Santa Fe stumbled upon a spacecraft from the planet Norian. A brief conversation and two short videos offered Begy a glimpse of the future. The craft had travelled through a wormhole in the year 2346, was thrown off course, and landed in the desert near Begy’s home. Aboard the craft was Anicca Holt, a psychobiologist, who had visited Norian to study and observe the second generation of a human hybrid species called huchumans—humans crossbred with chugaimans. Chugaimans are one of three intelligent species on planet Norian. Holt shared with Begy video footage of a huchuman and a mysterious matter known as Biological Omnicurious Bits (BOB) that the chugaimans, and now huchumans, exchange with one another to maintain their collective and individual psychosocial and physical well being.