Western civilization used to believe that the sun revolved around the earth. Many still believe that the world revolves around humanity. But not only is this a false narrative, it visits suffering onto an untold number of beings.
Western science itself has proven that dolphins and whales are more cognitively and emotionally complex than was thought possible. Yet, like all other animals, cetaceans continue to be misunderstood and considered legal property.
Sonar is pioneering understanding of who cetaceans are. We challenge scientific “objectivity” and conduct interspecies collaborative research with wild cetaceans who willingly participate; advocate for recognition and respect for the rights to their own lives, and share existing science and compelling stories about who these beings really are, changing the ways they are represented.
Ultimately, Sonar aims to critique the anthropocentric value system that western imperialism perpetuates while illustrating alternative paths to relating with other animals and “nature” in general. We hope to contribute towards the dismantling of the illusory framework that is human exceptionalism. We believe that cetaceans can act as catalysts in this process of re-learning.