Goatman - How I Took a Holiday from Being Human
To escape the complications of being a man, Thomas Thwaites tries to become a goat, building an exoskeleton that lets him walk on four legs, a prosthetic stomach that lets him eat grass, and a helmet that lets him experience the world as a goat would. Along the way he explores the changing ways we try to relate to the rest of the natural world, by talking to shamans, geneticists, goat psychologists, clinical psychiatrists, prosthetists, animal welfare campaigners, farmers, animal lovers and post-humans.
"The book is full of wonderful photographs of the author in goat mode, including at his ultimate destination among a farmer's herd in Switzerland. This part of the book is riveting, not least because it shows how hard it is to be a goat (or any non-human animal). A scene where the author mistakenly and awkwardly climbs to the top of a hill, putting himself higher than the established, aggressive male goats of the mob, is spellbinding." -The Australian
Thomas Thwaites develops far reaching design projects, undertakes commissions for private companies, as well as making work for public organisations including London's Design Museum, the Wellcome Trust and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. His work has been exhibited at major galleries worldwide, including at the National Museum of China, Ars Electronica in Austria, the Zero1 Biennial in California and The Science Museum in London. The Victoria & Albert Museum recently acquired his work, The Toaster Project, for their permanent collection. He has presented a four part television series, aired on Discovery Channel Asia Pacific in 2013. His first book, The Toaster Project, is published by Princeton Architectural Press, and has now been translated in to Japanese and Korean editions.