Elia Alba: Were you trying to frame this new piece within the context of an earlier performance, Two Undiscovered Amerindians, which also featured subjects in a cage? For Two Undiscovered Amerindians, I researched how the scientific discourse of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries contributed to popular understanding of non-Europeans as subhuman; I was exploring the boundary between humans and other animals.
The five original Planet of the Apes films (between 1968 and 1973) were not-so-veiled critiques of twentieth-century hubris: warfare, obsession with the nuclear bomb, inhumane treatment of animals in scientific research, lack of concern for the natural environment.
EA: What does your performance as a chimpanzee at the Studio Museum in Harlem say about minstrelsy? EA: During the Studio Museum discussion on Afrofuturism, you talked about the neuroendocrinologist Robert Sapolsky’s research on primates. CF: I can see how that view fits, but I wasn’t thinking about cyborgs of any kind when I developed the piece.
EA: Do you believe that Haraway’s idea of Zira as a bonobo and the Sapolsky study envision the possibility of a matriarchal future for humans?
Ultimately, I don’t think a matriarchal order will solve the current social and economic crisis. The author conducted this interview on April 26, 2014, as part of her event series and forthcoming book, The Supper Club, created in collaboration with Recess.
The history of racial thought, which I have researched for thirty years, is full of ways that those designated as Other are viewed as less than human and compared to apes and other nonhuman animals.
The message is dark: humans destroy the Earth and civilization because they cannot control their violent urges. Zira is not just any chimpanzee; I would not have chosen another famous chimp for my character!
In examining hierarchy and modes of cooperation, Sapolsky found that specific primates went from a patriarchal to a matriarchal society.


There is increased scientific interest in understanding patterns and practices of peacemaking and reconciliation in primates.
Haraway’s manifesto argues for two types of cyborg that operate at different ontological levels: one is a literal configuration of human bodies and technology, and the other is metaphorical, a “creature of fiction,” a figure that challenges assumptions and binaries.
Haraway has written extensively about humans’ relations with nonhuman animals, and she mentioned to me that she sees Zira as a bonobo. In addition to her Supper Club project, Alba is working with Photology on a book, Larry Levan and DJ Culture. The performance debuted in 2013 at the Studio Museum in Harlem, introduced by the scholar Donna Haraway: Contrary to the film’s narrative, in which Zira was assassinated, she escaped to the Midwest, living in seclusion for more than thirty years and observing human behavior on the Internet and television. After Two Undiscovered Amerindians, Guillermo Gomez-Pena and I created Mexarcane, which dealt with the role of the exotic in contemporary global culture. In the past few years I have taught courses on Afrofuturism, and I developed a renewed awareness of the treatment of race relations in the Planet of the Apes films. In the 1960s and ’70s, when much of the highly public research on primates and language was taking place and Planet of the Apes was filmed, the focus in primatology was on aggression. There is a great deal of research on bonobos’ pacific nature and its relation to their matriarchal society. After scientists concluded in 2012 that animals have consciousness, Zira decided to resurface and present her findings on humans. That piece was presented in Canadian and US shopping malls: Guillermo was in a small cage while I interviewed audience members to determine what expression of exoticism they wanted to see. That affords a way of talking about human behavior that makes it unusual, funny, and strangely similar to animals that we think of as less intelligent.
But in a deeper sense, the films address US race relations through allegory: humans are subjected to the same inhuman treatment that had been directed at black slaves.


Zira stood out not only because she is an outspoken feminist and pacifist but also because she acts as a bridge between the apes in the films and the human protagonist, Taylor. My understanding is that scientists have larger ethical concerns about the negative effects of human aggression on the survival of our species, other species, and the planet. Zira’s discursive style also represents a departure from the usual view of human aggression and greed, which in my mind dominates our society. The eventual revolt of the ape slaves in the fourth film recalls the black urban uprisings of the late 1960s and ’70s.
Even if her culture refuses to see humans as equals, her curiosity and rigor as a scientist compel her to step outside her culture’s discursive limits. There is a sense that our aggressive tendencies are not in balance with the empathetic tendencies that are also necessary for survival.
Some women have gained power, but that does not mean that the general condition of women will improve. So Zira’s scientific comparison of humans to other primates is my means of talking about economic polarization and neoliberalism as a form of violence.
The group also forced other baboons that tried to join them to adapt to their matriarchal system.
As for whether human beings can change, there is ample evidence that human beings can adopt more cooperative modes of interaction under certain circumstances.
We live in a society that promotes self-centeredness and hyper-specialization and, as a result, few people want to do anything for others or know how to take care of themselves.



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