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Artist/Animal

Author: Steve Baker
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2013]
Series: Posthumanities, 25.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Animals have always been compelling subjects for artists, but the rise of animal advocacy and posthumanist thought has prompted a reconsideration of the relationship between artist and animal. In this book, Steve Baker examines the work of contemporary artists who directly confront questions of animal life, treating animals not for their aesthetic qualities or as symbols of the human condition but rather as beings  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Baker
ISBN: 9780816680665 0816680663 9780816680672 0816680671 9780816681785 0816681783
OCLC Number: 811319350
Description: xiv, 278 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The Idiot, the Voyeur, and the Moralist --
An Openness to Life: Olly and Suzi in the Antarctic --
On Drawing an Aardvark --
2. Cycles of Knowing and Not-Knowing: Lucy Kimbell, Rats, and Art --
On "Ethics" --
3. Vivid New Ecologies: Catherine Chalmers and Eduardo Kac --
On Artists and Intentions --
4. Of the Unspoken: Mircea Cantor and Mary Britton Clouse --
On Maddening the Fly --
5. Almost Posthuman: Catherine Bell's Handling of Squid --
On Cramping Creativity --
6. Art and Animal Rights: Sue Coe, Britta Jaschinski, and Angela Singer --
On Relevant Questions --
7. The Twisted Animals Have No Land Beneath Them --
Afterword: Art in a Post-Animal Era?
Series Title: Posthumanities, 25.
Responsibility: Steve Baker.

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"Animals have always been compelling subjects for artists, but the rise of animal advocacy and posthumanist thought has prompted a reconsideration of the relationship between artist and animal. In this book, Steve Baker examines the work of contemporary artists who directly confront questions of animal life, treating animals not for their aesthetic qualities or as symbols of the human condition but rather as beings who actively share the world with humanity. The concerns of the artists presented in this book--Sue Coe, Eduardo Kac, Lucy Kimbell, Catherine Chalmers, Olly and Suzi, Angela Singer, Catherine Bell, and others--range widely, from the ecological to the philosophical and from those engaging with the modification of animal bodies to those seeking to further the cause of animal rights. Drawing on extensive interviews he conducted with the artists under consideration, Baker explores the vital contribution that contemporary art can make to a broader conception of animal life, emphasizing the importance of creativity and trust in both the making and understanding of these artworks. Throughout, Baker is attentive to issues of practice, form, and medium. He asks, for example, whether the animal itself could be said to be the medium in which these artists are working, and he highlights the tensions between creative practice and certain kinds of ethical demands or expectations. Featuring full-color, vivid examples of their work, Artist Animal situates contemporary artists within the wider project of thinking beyond the human, asserting art's power to open up new ways of thinking about animals."--

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