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THE HUNT

THOUGHTS





TEXT Maryam Arshad
WORK
The Hunt by Paulina Fi Garduño
LOCATION
London, UK



When urban environments spiral out of control, there is a shift and imbalance. One that descends and expands, between human components and environmental components. As the counterparts experience fluctuations, feral disruptions present themselves. In “The Hunt”, the fox embodies this disruptive organism. As urban environments see buildings grow exponentially, the space left for outsiders is minimal. The fox takes the sociological structure of urban environments and creates a new hierarchy.

The Vulpes Vulpes (Urban Fox) finds its terrain amongst low density and low populated environments. Its distribution is widespread, and its behaviour even more so (Harris and Rayner, 1986). Just as “The Hunt” maps out the routes of the fox, it maps out the changing dynamic of the urban environment simultaneously. In this urban space, human control has been abandoned. The fox, as it moves within its family groups, resembles human nature in a striking manner.

The fox has adapted to its urban surroundings, despite its movements from the rural to urban only being noted more recently. Regardless of efforts to mitigate, these urban foxes remain feral. As feral as they are, the urban fox is grouped under ‘Wild animals’ and not ‘pests’. The fox is somewhat protected. It takes notions of territory and accessibility and uproots them. It eliminates enforced practices which limit and create boundaries. Here, the urban fox is at the top of the hierarchy, it is the predator. Without the sensory overload and identifiable presence of humans, these urban environments are reinhabited at nightfall. The urban fox, not unlike the rural fox, finds for itself a place to settle (Gloor, 2002). In the case of eradicating pests, the direction to take is to eliminate shelter. But with wild animals, with the Vulpes Vulpes, who is to say the urban fox is wild at all? It inhabits, it traverses, it mimics. The feral organism is disruptive, as is “The Hunt”.






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