Art for animals
Author: Fuller, Matthew
Source: Journal of Visual Art Practice, Volume 9, Number 1, 1 December 2010 , pp. 17-33(17)
Abstract:Art for animals intends to address the ecology of capacities for perceptions, sensation, thought and reflexivity of animals. In cultural theory, the capacity for art is part of the rather mobile boundary line that performs the task of annihilating the animal in human and in demarcating the human from animality. The purpose of this article is not so much to legislate upon the placing of this line, but rather to suggest that the sensual and cultural capacities of various kinds of being, whether ordered into species or not, can be explored and to follow a few ways in which this has been done by a number of artists working in various ecological and technical settings. Some of this work is rightfully absurdist, whimsical, self-trivializing. But all of it moves towards setting up actual, multi-scalar and imaginal relations with animals that involve a testing of shared and distinct capacities of reflexive perception.
If art is genuine it is creative revolution regardless of who looks at it
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Goldsmiths, University of London.
Publication date: 2010-12-01
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