Katya Mandoki
Metropolitan Autonomous University


In this paper I argue for the possibility of expanding the field of aesthetics not only beyond art and beauty but also beyond everyday aesthetics (or prosaics) centered in human sensibility. This implies considering sensibility or aesthesis in all live beings to understand the vastness of bio-aesthetics. Part of this query is zoo-aesthetics. We have such growing evidence, enriched day by day, that animals are capable of creating, recreating, imitating, enjoying, exhibiting and expressing sensibility or aesthetic taste in various forms that it is harder to deny the more we record and witness their behavior. Moreover, as there are various artistic genres, we can equally speak of similar genres in zoo-poetics, namely: a) musical b) visual (both architectonic and decorative), c) drama, and d) dance.
Are females enamored by the male bat or bird mating song? Do peahens feel pleasure at the sight of a male peacock’s tail? As Nagel asked ’what is it like to be a bat?’ I would really like to know what it is like to be a peahen.
This full inquiry is being published in The indispensable excess of the aesthetics: evolution of sensibility in nature. (Lexington 2015)

evolutionary aesthetics, Darwin, biosemiotics, zoo-poetics, aesthesis, zoo-aesthetics, evolution



SAJ Vol. 7, 2015, No. 1