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black rat

n.
A common rat (Rattus rattus) found worldwide, especially in populated areas, having a black or dark brown coat.
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The perverse thing is that the normal Black rat, or Ship rat as it's sometimes known, is arboreal--it can climb trees, high buildings; the mutant has been forced to live below ground.
We have heard of pirates and buccaneers, captains and their maidens, but who has heard the story of the ship rat? This perspective is long overdue it would seem, as we hear in this narrative poem, the lament of a ship rat who, in arriving at an old home port, speaks of the memory of paradise but instead finds inevitable change.
There is also a weekly rolling exhibition, including new work by Liverpool Art Prize nominees, and artists brought from around Europe, plus a shop-front installation by Parisian squatter-artist Yabon Paname and Jump Ship Rat, and a performance space by Mercy, sponsored by Diesel.
It has been created by Liverpool artist Ben Parry, of arts group Jump Ship Rat, and people will be able to see the historic journey of the "Ovie" in large-scale projection on the George's Dock Building at the PierHead.
Artists Ben Parry and Jacques Chauchat, of Jump Ship Rat, who describe their art as "subverting the everyday", worked for three months to convert the empty shell of the barge into a mechanism able to pump 1.5m litres of water an hour through six diesel engines.
Commissioned by the arts group Jump Ship Rat and funded by Daiwa and EU Japan, the work now has a special resonance for Mr Kaihatsu.
Music and visuals will come from VJ Jackie Passmore, while electronic percussionists Powerplant will play a "monster set" and Jump Ship Rat's Ben Parry will drive his Musical Milk Float around Ropewalks.
THE World Museum in Liverpool is to host a remarkable event presented by the gloriously named Jump Ship Rat in collaboration with the October Gallery from London, which features a series of works by the Beninese artist Romuald Hazoume.
Music and visuals will come from Liverpool/New York VJ Jackie Passmore while electronic percussionists Powerplant will play and Jump Ship Rat's Ben Parry will drive his Musical Milk Float around Ropewalks.
Elsewhere in the Jump Ship Rat gallery, relocated from Parr Street, are black and white photographs of derelict scenes by Mary Fitzpatrick -- a deserted kitchen with all the drawers pulled out as if it had been ransacked in a hurry, an empty courtyard with the paint peeling from the walls -- fitting to be shown in a neglected warehouse.
Created for the Liverpool Biennial, it is a joint production between Unity Theatre and the Jump Ship Rat Gallery.