This talk evaluates the challenges involved in human/animal relations that currently unfold in contemporary art. Determined to overcome the objectifying iconographies of animal representation in classical art, contemporary artists are more than ever before committed to envision new human/animal engagement. Notions of authorship, skill, aesthetics, and meaning are thus brought into question by the inclusion of living animals in the processes of art making. In this context, creativity and collaboration become new markers of the limits and potentialities involved in rethinking the very boundaries of artistic practice.
Giovanni Aloi is an art historian in modern and contemporary art. He studied History of Art and Art Practice in Milan, obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Art History, a Master in Visual Cultures, and a Doctorate on the subject of natural history in contemporary art from Goldsmiths University of London. Giovanni teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sotheby’s Institute of Art New York and London, and Tate Galleries. He has curated art projects involving photography and the moving image, and is a BBC radio and TV contributor. His work has been translated in Italian, Chinese, French, Russian, Polish, and Spanish. His first book titled Art & Animals was published in 2011 and since 2006 he is the Editor in Chief of Antennae, the Journal of Nature in Visual Culture.
In conjunction with Animal Intent.
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Free and open to the public.