Saturday 2 September 2017
Free, but registration essential.
Book a place here: eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-political-animal-tickets-36603302463
Capacity for this event is 60, and spaces will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
The Political Animal is a day of new academic and creative writing, screenings, sculptural and video commissions, and live performances that reflect upon the conditions of interspecies relationships today. Drawing from studies on animal theory, biology, ethology, philosophy, anthropology and literature, each participant presents their own take on locating the human and other animals within worlds that we have come to call ‘nature’ and ‘culture’.
The Political Animal presents work by members of The Political Animal reading group, and those who have been their inspiration. Set up by Olga Koroleva, a Gallery Assistant at The Showroom, in February 2016 the reading group functions in a peer-led, democratic fashion and welcomes people of all backgrounds to join a monthly discussion of written work relating to the animal question.
1.30pm Doors open
2 — 3.40pm Presentations by Lynn Turner, Rosemarie McGoldrick, Filipa Ramos and Melanie Jackson followed by Q&A.
3.40 — 4pm break
4 — 5.15pm Screening of moving image work by Alexandra Anikina, Matthew Beach, Jenny Brady, Laura Cooper, Carl Gent, Dawn Gaietto, Olga Koroleva, Gui Ponde, and Sonia Levy.
5.15 — 5.45 break
5.45 — 7.15pm Live performances by Laurie Robins, Hermione Spriggs and Laura Cooper (collaborating as Anthropology of Other Animals), Matterlurgy (Helena Hunter and Mark Peter Wright), and Robbie Judkins.
7.30pm Closing drinks
On show throughout the day: Sculptural commission by Valinia Svoronou and moving image work by Elisa Noguera Lopez
More information: theshowroom.org/events/the-political-animal
Documentation of the event will be hosted on The Political Animal webpage: olgakoroleva.com/animal.html
Image credit: still from Animals For Liberation Of Technology by Alexandra Anikina