Art, Artistic Research, and the Animal Question

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Title Art, Artistic Research, and the Animal Question
Author(s) Pedersen, Helena
Date 2009
Editor(s) Nyblom, Andreas
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Recent developments in cultural studies and other areas of the humanities and social sciences point to an ‘animal turn’, an increasing interest in posthumanist, non-anthropocentric approaches toward exploring the multiple roles and meanings of animals in human lifeworlds. This paper focuses on areas of contemporary art that place ‘the question of the animal’ centrally and engage in the practice of human-animal boundary work, identity production, and meaning. By addressing a number of animal art projects employing a diversity of visual and material approaches and techniques, from Joseph Beuys’s Coyote (1974) to Eduardo Kac’s GFP Bunny (2000), the paper discusses what it means to reclaim the presence, visibility, and agency of animals in art and artistic research. By the concept of zooësis, artistic space is carved out for human-animal relationalities to be critically interrogated and re-conceptualized, and the ontological security of 'the human' to become disturbed. This paper draws on an article with the same title by Helena Pedersen & Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir, published in ArtMonitor, No. 3, 2008.
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Publisher Linköping University Electronic Press
Host/Issue Conference Proceedings : Kultur~Natur: Konferens för kulturstudier i Sverige : Conference in Sweden 15–17 June 2009
Series/Issue Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings;40
ISSN 1650-3686
Pages 25-31
Language swe (iso)
Subject(s) Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::Aesthetic subjects::Art
Note KULTUR-NATUR Konferens för kulturstudier i Sverige, Norrköping, 15–17 juni 2009
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