In the Contact Zone.

Being Human, Becoming Animal

21.04.2009 19:00

Price: Entrance free

Starting from classical mythology as a source, Elisabeth Samsonow analyses the fundamental underlying thread of Diana Thater's works - the relationship between man and animals - in the context of gender difference theory. Elisabeth Samsonow is a sculptress and professor of Philosophical and Historical Anthropology of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.


The relationship between man and animals can be taken as representative of the encounter between different "partners". The encounter between women and animals is of particular interest - for example, as depicted in the film King Kong - though it may be asked to what extent gender difference is expressed symbolically in the woman + animal link or can be projected on to it.


On the occasion of the Diana Thater exhibition at the Kunsthaus Graz, Elisabeth Samsonow takes as her starting point the myth of the bull that Pasiphae, wife of Minos of Crete, fell in love with, to investigate a thread of female identification involving animals that crops up with amazing regularity right down to Donna Haraway. A kind of anti-Darwinist feminist humanism seems to exist, and it is incumbent on the present day to pinpoint and define it.


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