The Animal Gaze Returned


Following the success of the first Animal Gaze symposium three years ago, London Metropolitan University presents The Animal Gaze Returned - a 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).

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The symposium is accompanied by an exhibition of contemporary art at the Faculty’s gallery space in Central House, directly opposite the world-famous Whitechapel Art Gallery.

The focus of the 2011 event is on contemporary art and animal-human studies, drawing its impetus and remit from the original symposium held here at the Cass in 2008. The speaker programme and panels are drawn from artists and academics. We expect an international gathering, timed as this event is to partner others taking place in Europe and Canada this autumn.

The Animal Gaze Returneds theme of artistic engagement with animality takes its cue from the current economic climate affecting UK universities - a through-route attempt by contemporary artists, curators, academics and arts administrators to engage with professional art practice in ways that directly intersect with the academic arena of animal-human studies.

Speakers include Professor Steve Baker (UCLAN), Rikke Hansen (London Metropolitan), Lucy Kimbell (Oxford), Suky Best (RCA), Professor David Wood (Vanderbilt), Kira O'Reilly, Dr Johanna Hallsten (Loughborough), Professor Mysoon Riszk (Toledo) and Professor Bryndis Snaebjornsdottir (Valand). Two panels will discuss recent video and photography work concerning animals.

Contributions will include papers on art collaborations with animals and pedagogy; art and industrial farming; bird flight and the invention of cinema; a night with rats in the service of art; animal architects in the Ganges–Brahmaputra river delta; the vanishing point at which species meet; censorship over animal issues in art's so-called 'zone of freedom'; the urban soundscape and the relationships we form with our animal cohabitants.

Catering on both days of the
symposium The Animal Gaze Returned is meat-free. Vegan and special diets will also be catered for.

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