Deconstructing the Animal in Search of the Real
Author: Aloi, Giovanni
Source: Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals, 1 August 2012, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 73-90(18)
Abstract:This paper looks at the past ten years of art practice informed by the human–animal studies agenda in order to assess what has been thus far achieved and which issues may become central to the future artistic debate. It is divided into two main sections: the first takes into consideration four pivotal works of art produced during the past decade in order to focus on the human–animal related concerns art has thus far helped to explore; the second looks at the future, mainly posing key questions about traditional forms of representation, asking what naturalism may or may not have left to offer. “Is there any space for traditional representation in the new and challenging panorama outlined by human–animal studies?” This question is not so much posed in a conservative way, but it instead constitutes an invitation to reconsider the boundaries that may have so far defined the production of art within the remit of human–animal studies. This line of questioning leads to a discussion on the value and essence of the “commonplace” as a productive agent that may in the future play a pivotal role in art for the purpose of making the current discourse accessible to wider audiences.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: August 1, 2012