Ramos, Filipa and Agamben, Giorgio and Baker, Steve and Bellour, Raymond and Benjamin, Walter and Berger, John and Burt, Jonathan and Chiang, Ted and Chua, Kevin. Animals. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press; London, England: Whitechapel Art Gallery, 2016.

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Abstract (English)

"Animals have become the focus of much recent art, informing numerous works and projects featured at major exhibitions including dOCUMENTA (13) (2013), the 10th Shanghai Biennale (2014), and the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). Contemporary art has emerged as a privileged terrain for exploring interspecies relationships, providing the conditions for diverse disciplines and theoretical positions to engage with animal behavior and consciousness.

This interest in animal nature reflects a number of current issues. Observations of empathy among nonhumans prompt reconsiderations of the human. The nonverbal communication of animals has been compared with poetic expansion of the boundaries of language. And the freedom of animal life in the wild from capitalist subordination is seen as a potential model for reconfiguring society and our relationship to the wider environment. Artists’ engagement with animals also opens up new perspectives on the dynamics of dominance, oppression, and exclusion, with parallels in human society. Animal nature is at the heart of debates on the Anthropocene era and the ecological concerns of scientists, thinkers, and artists alike. Centered on contemporary artworks, this anthology attests to the trans-disciplinary nature of this subject, with art as one of the principal points of convergence. " -- Publisher's website.


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Types: Anthologies, essays, collections
All Contributors: Ramos, Filipa (Editor); Ramos, Filipa (Author); Agamben, Giorgio (Author); Baker, Steve (Author); Bellour, Raymond (Author); Benjamin, Walter (Author); Berger, John (Author); Burt, Jonathan (Author); Chiang, Ted (Author); Chua, Kevin (Author); [et alii]
Collation: 240 p. : 21 cm
ISBN: 9780262529358
Language of Publication: English
Publishers: Cambridge, MA: MIT Press; London, England: Whitechapel Art Gallery
Artists: Allora & Calzadilla; Alÿs, Francis; Aranda, Julieta; Ballengée, Brandon; Beuys, Joseph; Broodthaers, Marcel; Clark, Lygia; Coates, Marcus; Durham, Jimmie; Dzama, Marcel; Forti, Simone; Huyghe, Pierre; Jonas, Joan; Kac, Eduardo; Kelly, Mike; Morris, Robert; Olesen, Henrik; Pentecost, Claire; Porsager, Lea; Schneemann, Carolee; Stevenson, Michael; Tapaya, Rodel; Trockel, Rosemarie; Weerasethakul, Apichatpong; Yang, Haegue; Zaretsky, Adam
Copyright Statement: Whitechapel Gallery Ventures Limited; the authors or the estates of the authors, unless otherwise stated
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Includes index.
Includes bibliographical references.
Includes biographical notes.

Series Name: Documents of Contemporary Art
Deposited by: Collections
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2016 18:39
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2016 20:19
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