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Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design



Darren Harvey-Regan
Realm (detail)
Courtesy the artist


London Metropolitan University announces THE ANIMAL GAZE RETURNED - its second symposium on contemporary art and animal-human studies to take place 27-28 October 2011 at the university's School of Fine Art, Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media & Design, in Whitechapel, London (UK). The symposium is organised by Rosemarie McGoldrick.

Please see www.animalgaze.org for booking details.

THE ANIMAL GAZE RETURNED is a symposium addressing contemporary art and animals. The focus of the symposium is on animality and the interspecific, that active social space between and among different species; new representations of other animals in what is termed a post-critical era; animal as medium in contemporary art. The event is a through-route attempt by contemporary artists, curators, academics and arts administrators to engage their professional art practice in ways that directly intersect the interdisciplinary arena of animal-human studies.

The programme includes papers from:

  • Professor Steve Baker (UCLAN)
    Animal as Medium

  • Rikke Hansen (London Metropolitan), critic and broadcaster
    The "Absent Presence" of Animals in Modernist Aesthetics

  • Lucy Kimbell (University of Oxford), artist and designer
    One Night with Rats in the Service of Art

  • Suky Best (RCA), artist
    The Observation of Flight: Birds and the Invention of Cinema

  • David Wood, Professor of Philosophy (Vanderbilt), artist
    Animal Architects: The Bangladeshi Sand Crab

  • Kira O'Reilly, artist
    Contingent and partial bodies within and without the laboratory

  • Dr Johanna Hallsten (Loughborough), artist
    Chirp, Tweet, Tweet, Chirp, Tweet: On Communing with Others

  • Olivier Richon, Professor of Photography (RCA), artist
    The Animal, Mimicry and the Mouth

  • Mysoon Riszk, Associate Professor of Art History (University of Toledo)
    Screen Play: Ants and Other Animals in David Wojnarowicz's 'A Fire in My Belly'

  • Professor Bryndis Snaebjornsdottir (Valand), artist
    Vanishing Point: Where Species Meet

Two panels will discuss recent lens-based art around animals.

Please download The_Animal_Gaze_Returned-Symposium_Programme.doc

Aurelia Mihai
Still from Transhumanta (2007)
Courtesy the artist and Galere Anita Beckers, Frankfurt

The symposium is accompanied by an art exhibition at the Faculty’s gallery space in Central House, directly opposite the Whitechapel Art Gallery. All delegates are invited to the opening PRIVATE VIEW: THURSDAY 27 OCTOBER, 5.30 - 8.00 PM, hosted by the poet John Hegley. The exhibition is curated by Rosemarie McGoldrick and Richard Docker.

The artists include among others:

Greta Alfaro
Edwina Ashton
Steve Baker
Suky Best
Ian Brown
Helen Bullard
Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan
Simon Faithfull
Darren Harvey-Regan
Kathy High (USA)
Rosemarie McGoldrick
Aurelia Mihai (Romania)
Lucy Powell (Netherlands)
Andrea Roe
Bob and Roberta Smith

Download The_Animal_Gaze_Returned-Invite.pdf

For more information contact Rosemarie McGoldrick:
T: 020 7320 1921
E: r.mcgoldrick@londonmet.ac.uk

The Animal Gaze Returned is proud to partner Minding Animals 2012 and Interactive Futures '11: Animal Influences.

London Metropolitan University