A Trespass of Swine

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Considerations of humanity and hogritude, because an insufficiency of pigs is one of the great faults of all that the gods have made manifest to man.

Sow’s Purse Occasional Video Series

The Sow’s Purse Occasional Video Series officially opens next week at Porkopolis!

Sow’s Purse Occasional Video Series

Stop clicking and cursing – the above is not a real video.

Often, pig-related material on the web deserves more attention than the Porkarazzi or the public provide.

Imagine finding the seeming video above, we get tantalized by some brief pig-snouted wind that tousles our hair. We click at a whiff of hogritude, a suggestion of a pig held in a poke.

Then, that something that seems interesting waivers or doesn’t substantiate. So we’re off, distracted by and on to some other web diversion.

The image above is an example of this. It is not a real video. It suggests a video that seems interesting and worth a minute to pursue. But it doesn’t work out, so many visitors have already clicked away.

The Sow’s Purse Occasional Video Series will try to root up, save and present overlooked and ambiguously promoted videos that concern pigs. Porkopolis will fetch the old and new, fat and lean and feature them here for another look.

I hope that everyone finds something here that is informative, meaningful, enjoyable or that provokes future contemplation of pigs or ourselves.

    — Editor, curator and swineherd

P.S.: If you stuck with this post, thank you. Here is a real bit of the pseudo-video at the beginning of this post. It is the work of Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904), who included pigs in his pioneering photographic studies of motion.

Muybridge published his first compilation of photographic work, Animal Locomotion, in 1887.

And Muybridge’s early work included a form of motion-picture projection. He created the Zoopraxiscope in 1879. It projected images from rotating glass disks in rapid succession to give the impression of motion. Many consider the Zoopraxiscope the first movie projector.

Muybridge sow motion studies

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