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Reading Animal Theory to Animals

ABOUT ARTIST

Angela Bartram is an artist working in objects, sound, video, print, performance and published text, concerning thresholds of the human body, gallery or museum, definitions of the human and animal as companion species and strategies for documenting the ephemeral.

 

Bartram is Professor of Contemporary Art and Head of Arts Research and the Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre at the University of Derby. She is Executive Board member for the Society for Artistic Research (from 2018), Chair of the steering group for Contemporary Visual Arts Network East Midlands, and has a PhD from Middlesex University.

EXHIBITION WORK

Reading Animal Theory to Animals
Angela Bartram

2017-currently

 

At an animal studies conference in March 2017 I noticed that although discussions were of the subjects being sentient and cognate, the delivery was for humans alone. Essentially, animals have no opportunity to understand the theories written about them, and so I have become  engaged in artwork to address that situation. Since that conference I have been reading animal theory to the domestic three, dogs, cats and horses, to provide an opportunity for them to hear (and I hope understand) the writings of which they are the subjects. Few images exist, as this activity is not for humans, and these are shared with the participants knowledge.

 

Bartram is Professor of Contemporary Art and Head of Arts Research and the Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre at the University of Derby. She is Executive Board member for the Society for Artistic Research (from 2018), Chair of the steering group for Contemporary Visual Arts Network East Midlands, and has a PhD from Middlesex University.

Reading to Cats

Reading to Dogs

Reading to Horses