So the animal project. Obviously this is a very broad topic that needs to be trimmed and pruned to give the collection a focus. Just like a good essay builds its arguments around a particular issue, a good exhibition needs to have a specific message to be conveyed by the artworks. In my conversation with the artist yesterday, I suggested that we could start with the idea of animals’ adaptive capacity to respond to their habitat. Considering his style, I then said that he could visually explore this notion of habitat into something whimsical and just plain impossible – for instance, an underwater world where water has oxygen, or a world without gravity. We agreed on this, after thinking further about the kinds of metamorphoses his animal figures could go through. Brainstorming for ideas in this way is the best thing about working with creative minds. Quite a contrast to working with academics. Right now, I’m looking at expedition accounts of wildlife and nature researchers for ideas.