‘Wild Minds‘ is focused on the ambiguities and co-operations that define our relations with other species.
Bringing together filmmakers, theorists, curators and those working directly with other species, the symposium will combine presentations, in-conversation, film, and notes on performance.
The various contributors will consider processes by which co-presence, proximity, encounters and (impossible) relations with wild minds are established: from the origins of wild life photographic representation; generational transmission of zoo and conservation; one-to-one animal encounters; image-making solutions of contemporary artists’ film and other commercial cinema.
Participants will share from their research specialisms, experience, theoretical frameworks and practical references, traversing livelihoods and project-based work.
“What is opened up is not a debate about ‘animal intelligence’ with all its burdensome procession of qualitative evaluations, it is the possibility that there may be incorporations and pathways other than those captured by the human…it is, in other words, the possibility that humans do not have an exclusive claim to meaning”.
– Jean-Christophe Bailly
Cinema 1, London ICA, Friday March 31 2017, from 11.15am
Symposium convener: Phillip Warnell (FADA)
Support from FADA
Jean-Christophe Bailly (poet and philosopher; author of ‘The Animal Side’)
Michael Lawrence (Sussex University; editor of The Zoo & Screen Media: Images of Exhibition and Encounter)
Lynn Turner (Goldsmiths University; editor of ‘The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies’)
Filipa Ramos (curator; editor of ‘Animals’ Whitechapel Docs/MIT Press)
Phillip Warnell (FADA (Kingston School of Art); artist-filmmaker, London)
Honor Beddard (Wellcome collection curator, ‘making nature’ exhibition)
Charlotte Corney (zoo director, IOW and tiger expert)
Éléonore Saintagnan et Grégoire Motte (filmmakers, Brussels)
Ben Rivers (filmmaker and programmer, London)
Fevered Sleep (performance company, London)
Myrto Farmaki (video inserts)
The Cinema 1 programme includes a UK premiere of ‘The Wild Beasts’ (2015) by Éléonore Saintagnan et Grégoire Motte.
An evening screening of films (in Cinema 2) is being co-programmed by Ben Rivers and Phillip Warnell. Details to be announced.