The British Animal Studies Network (BASN)
Microsoft Teams, via Keble College Oxford
2nd October 2020
Respondant to Marcus Coates (Visual artist) paper : Where are the Animals?
"Mara Dicenta and Charlotte Boulc'h offered thought-provoking responses to Marcus’s plenary. Mara reflected on the connections between some of Marcus’s work and colonialism, how vocalising like birds might give animals agency, and the potentials we might see in his work for thinking about how to share space with animals. Charlotte situated Marcus’s work within the context of efforts by other artists to ‘become animal’ (to borrow Deleuze’s terminology), drawing in particular a comparison with the work of Russian artist Oleg Kulik, who adopts the persona of a dog to attack (literally and politically) other humans. Marcus, Charlotte suggested, is more motivated by curiosity about how far it is possible for humans to understand how animals inhabit the world."