Bio

BA, 1997 Fine Art—Theory and Practice, Milan—S. Marta Fine Art College; PgD, 2003 Art History, Goldsmiths University of London; MA, 2004 Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths University of London; PGCE, 2008 Institute of Education, London; PhD, 2014 Goldsmiths University of London. Books: Art & Animals (2011); Speculative Taxidermy: New Animals Surfaces and Art in the Anthropocene (2016); Why look at Plants? (2017). Publications: Editor in Chief of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture (2006–today); FlashArt; ArtVoices; Whitehot Magazine; The SeenAwards: SSHRC; SAIC Faculty Enrichment Grant, 2016.


Publications


Selected published and forthcoming essays:

Essays in Edited Collections

  • "Au-dela de L'abime: Pour une entomologie culturelle de la compassion" in Souffrance Animales et Traditions Humaines: Rompre le Silence, Desblanches, L. (ed.) 2014, (Dijon: Editions Univeritaires de Dijion), pp.101–119
  • "The death of the animal", in Zootanathologies, Ed. Marzena Kotyczka, (polish translation), 2014
  • "Tessa Farmer: chasing fairies to escape science", in The Work of Tessa Farmer, Ed. Catriona McAra, currently being edited, will be published in Winter 2014
  • "On a wing and a prayer: butterflies in contemporary art", in The Handbook of Animal Studies, Eds. McHugh, S. and Marvin, G., Routledge, 2013
  • "Contemporary Fleurs du Mal" in Not a Rose, Ed. Heide Hatry, Charta, 2012
  • "Beyond the pain principle", in Beyond Human, Eds. Shakespeare, S. and Molloy, C. Continuum, 2012

Academic Essays in Journals (peer reviewed)

  • "Animal Studies and Art: Elephants in the Room" published as an extended editorial to the publishing project "Beyond Animal Studies" in March 2015
  • "Beyond the abyss", in Prétentaine, Ed. Sofia Bouratsis, (French Translation by Lucille Desblache), 2014
  • "Deconstructing the animal in search of the real", in Anthrozoo, Ed. Anthony Podberscek, Summer 2012
  • "Different becomings", in Art and Research, Ed. Ron Broglio, Volume 4. No. 1. Summer 2011
  • "The death of the animal" (adapted paper as delivered at The Animal Gaze symposium in November 2008) in Journal of Visual Art Practice, Vol. 9, n.1, 2010

Selected Reviews and Articles in specialist press

  • "Doris Salcedo: Under the Skin", published in Whitehot Magazine, June, 2015
  • "Gilbert & George: Scapegoating Pictures for London" in Whitehot Magazine, Nov 2014
  • "The Nature of the Beast", Ibid, June, 2013
  • "Everything was moving", Ibid, October, 2012
  • "The Apotheosis of Hirst", Ibid, April, 2012
  • "Tracy Emin: love is what you want", Ibid, June, 2011
  • "Ai Weiwei's Ghost", Ibid, June, 2011
  • "Orozco and the everyday object", Ibid, March, 2011
  • "Joana Vasconcelos: I will survive", Ibid, September, 2010
  • "Marc Quinn, Allanah, Buck, Catman, Chelsea, Michael, Pamela and Thomas", Ibid, May, 2010
  • "Chris Ofili", Ibid, January, 2010
  • "Anish Kapoor", Flash Art International and Flash Art Italia, Winter, 2009
  • "Damien Hirst—the blue paintings", Whitehot Magazine, November, 2009


Media

  • August 2016
    'Conceptions of Plant-Life: An Interview with Caroline Picard, in Badatsports
  • June 2016
    Natural Histories, radio program for BBC4, main focus on Lobsters in art.
  • March 2016
    'Beyond Zoocentrism: An interview with Giovanni Aloi,' in Esse Magazine, n.87, Spring, pp.6-13. Interview by A. de Blois
  • June 2015
    Natural Histories, radio program for BBC4, main focus on Damien Hirst and his use of animals in art.
  • June 2015
    Milkweed Balloon Dispersal Project, CANTVprogram discussing Jenny Kendler's artworks sponsored by NRDC and aiming to raise awareness of the disappearance of monarch butterflies
  • July 2014
    Free Thinking, radio program BBC3, main focus on animals and anthropomorphism in visual culture and literature. Aired on July 15, 2014
  • March 2014
    Animal Sounds, radio program on Resonance104.4fm, London, aired on April 4, 2014
  • January 2013
    Royal Pets, TV documentary produced by Back2back Productions. Released in summer 2013
  • February 2010
    Nature Calls, radio program on Resonance104.4fm, London as Invited Guest on the episode Interspecies special, aired on February 12, 2010
  • September 2009
    Nature Calls, radio program, Resonance104.4fm, London as Invited Guest on the Bug in the Machine aired on June 9, 2009
  • August 2008
    Consultant for BBC documentary involving animals in art: Nature of Britain, directed by Alan Titchmarch. Available on DVD—B000VA3JKW

Curatorial

  • Water Works
    Program of performances and artistic interventions in collaboration with NRDC (Natural Resource Defence Center) taking place at Chicago EXPO 22-25 September 2015.
  • Plants, Animals, Machine, Object! 
    Program of short films co-curated for Sector 2337, Chicago, 2015
  • Animals on Film
    program of short films curated for ISAZ2012, Cambridge
  • Animal Acoustics
    in conjunction with the publication of Antennae's issue n.27 titled 'The Acoustic Animal,' 2014

Personal Statement

Since 2003 my research focuses on the new and insistent presence of animals in contemporary art. "Art is continually haunted by the animal", wrote Deleuze and Guattari in their final book, What is Philosophy? (1991) and in June 2000, the New York Times ran a two-page feature with the headline: "Animals have taken over art, and art wonders why". Alive, taxidermied, in formaldehyde, on canvas or sculpted, encounters with animals in art raise a number of pivotal questions about humankind, animals, our planet, and the nature and structure of the relationships involved. Since September 2006, I have been the Founder and Editor in Chief of Antennae, the Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. The publication combines a heightened level of academic scrutiny of animals in the arts, with a less formal and more experimental format designed to appeal to wide audiences as well as academic communities. Informed by the concept of "knowledge transfer" the Journal provides a platform for the study of the subject whilst encouraging the overlap of the professional spheres of artists, scientists, environmental activists, curators, scholars and general readers.

Over the past two years my research has focussed on the emerging conception of the Anthropocene and its consequences on the field of Human-Animal Studies as well as Posthumanism more in general. I have become increasingly concerned with Object Oriented Ontology and New Materialism and most importantly Plant-Studies. 

 

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