The Process of Coming and Going in this World: Conversation About Interspecies Collaboration, Domestication, Sound

In: Society & Animals
Ruth K. Burke Wonsook Kim School of Art, Illinois State University Ypsilanti, MI USA

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Jessica Landau Curatorial Studies, History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh PA USA Carnegie Museum of Natural History Brookfield, IL USA

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The Process of Coming and Going in this World is a four-channel, site-specific installation by artist Ruth Burke. The work incorporates its audience, including nonhuman collaborators. While dependent on time and place, it has been preserved in audio recordings and photographs. In this interview between the artist and art historian Jessica Landau, they discuss the installation’s use of sound, time, and place to evoke interspecies relationships based on collaboration and co-constituted domestication. While using the installation and subsequent sound recording of it as a starting point, the conversation looks at the ways our relationships with animals on farms involve notions of time and place, companionship, and coevolution.

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