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The Political Animal event presents work by members of The Political Animal reading group and its extended network. This was a day-long event comprised of new writing, screenings, sculptural and video commissions, and live performances that reflect upon the conditions of interspecies relationships today. Drawing from studies on animal theory, biology, ethology, philosophy, anthropology and literature, each participant presents their own take on locating the human and other animals within worlds that we have come to call ‘nature’ and ‘culture’.
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plastic straws, matches, EU coinage, pill bottle, polystyrene, iphone, anti-scent spray, Youtube instructional videos
Performance Hermione Spriggs + Laura Cooper, Titanik Galleria, Turku, Finland, 13.07.17
Panel with Kevin Logan and Richey Cary at audibleVISIONS, Goldsmiths
Gobbles Sound Ok
“The real skill of the practitioner lies not in skilled concealment but in the skilled revelation of skilled concealment…”
For hundreds of years philosophers and artists have lamented their incapacity to adequately copy ‘nature’, with frustrated attempts at representation only serving to accelerate the increasing fissure between polarized worlds of human and animal. On the other hand hunters and trappers use finely-tuned strategies for aesthetic and audio mimesis: decoy calls and Foley performances draw a hunter into intimate proximity with his/her prey.
‘Gobbles Sound Ok’ explores the critical difference between these contrasting approaches to discourse with and around the natural world. Via Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Essay on the Origin of Languages, Dijkstra’s theory of image substitution and online hunting instructables, Gobbles Sound OK investigates the production and performance of sonic decoys and hunting lures as multi-sensory, multi-species ‘artworks’ that utilize difference to undermine the boundary between human and animal.
The discussion continues on Tuesday 3 May with: Tick (pp. 45-47) and Poverty in World (pp. 49-56) from Giorgio Agamben’s The Open; Thinking like a mountain by Aldo Leopold, and Introduction (pp.44-52) and Environment Spaces (pp. 53-63) from A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Humans by Jacob Von Uexküll.
For a copy of the texts and to confirm attendance, please contact Olga Koroleva by email: email@example.com.