Above, Below and Behind the Camera: The Perspective of Animals

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This essay attempts to define and problematise the methods and conceptual limitations of looking at and looking for animals. Can film and other visual media create proximity between human viewers and animals or does such a practice of looking amount to anthropomorphism and hubris? Drawing on Lorraine Daston and Gregg Mitman’s 2005 collection, Thinking with Animals: New Perspectives on Anthropomorphism, this essay distinguishes between thinking about animals, as cultural, ideological or ethical subjects, and thinking with animals, a controversial and possibly unattainable goal. Animal art is seen as a practice that questions authenticity, authorship, the boundaries of truth and fiction and the role of the artist as educator/activist.

From Ego to Eco

Mapping Shifts from Anthropocentrism to Ecocentrism

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