Phillip Warnell – Projections of Animality

Event Date 14 June 2011
Flett Lecture Theatre
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road (Exhibition Rd Entrance)
London SW7 5BD


Unruly Creatures: The Art and Politics of the Animal

The London Graduate School is holding a one-day conference at the Natural History Museum on June 14 2011 entitled ‘Unruly Creatures: The Art and Politics of the Animal’. Its purpose is to analyse and discuss the numerous ways in which animals have been used in contemporary art and the humanities, the political and philosophical implications of this use, and, especially, the manner in which animals have also resisted such employment. With examples taken from philosophy, fine art, and recent films by Phillip Warnell and Vinciane Despret, we will examine whether there is an art, politics, and thinking that is peculiarly ‘animal’.

Phillip Warnell (Kingston University) – Projections of Animality

Using examples from his screen-based work and research, Phillip Warnell discusses ideas on the animal (and human) body, at the point where an additional cinematic or phenomenological element has established a ‘projection of animality’. From exaggeration and disappearance through strangeness, displacement or mechanical means, light emitting organs and privilege of speed, the stretching and shape shifting of bodily formats and their dimensionality anticipates science and fiction melding into an emergent, shared space of hybridity, symbiosis and transfiguration. Clips will include from his 2010 film, Outlandish: Étranges Corps Étrangers, made in collaboration with philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy.







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