Of Animals and Monsters
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Of Animals and Monsters

Josphine Clofillia "Madame Clofullia, P.T. Barnum's 'Bearded Lady of Geneva'", 1853. Missouri History Museum, St. Louis

Open PEI seminar organised by Xavier Antich and Manuel Asensi

Gilles Deleuze already suggested that the question of the animal could offer a strategic base from which to develop a theory of the anomalous. He believed that humanity is beholden to this anomalous animal nature, and that rethinking the animal status could transform our understanding of what is human. In this spirit, he approached Kafka’s rat Josephine, Proust’s orchids and wasps, Uexküll’s tick and the Pink Panther.

Meanwhile, in his last texts (L’animal que donc je suis, 2006) Jacques Derrida attempted to deconstruct a philosophical tradition that has mistreated animals right from the very concept. By this, Derrida tried to show the fragile and porous nature of the supposed boundaries between the animal and the human, opening a field of speculation that was cut short by his death.

Rather than succumbing to the temptation of a sentimental ecology or an anthropoligisation of animal nature, Deleuze and Derrida suggested conceiving it as an anomalous, liminal phenomenon, not in terms of boundaries. From this perspective, this seminar will reopen the question of animality and the monstrous at the intersection between thought and artistic practice, as part of an investigation on identity (no longer identical or substantial) and community. It will also addresses the role played by animality and monstrosity as dispositifs of marginalization of specific social groups.

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dates
6 October 2010 – 23 October 2010
price
Registration fee: 30 eur. Students and the unemployed: 20 eur. Friends of the MACBA: free of chargeMACBA Auditorium. Limited seating
title
Of Animals and Monsters
dates
6 October 2010 – 23 October 2010
title
Of Animals and Monsters
price
Registration fee: 30 eur. Students and the unemployed: 20 eur. Friends of the MACBA: free of chargeMACBA Auditorium. Limited seating
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