Laird, Dr Tessa

Laird, Dr Tessa

Lecturer, Critical and Theoretical Studies

University of Melbourne (VCA, School of Art)

I am interested in the invocation of the animal in visual art, literature and film. Most recently I have extended Derrida’s literary animot to include cinematic crittery kin – cinemal, or the becoming animal of the filmic medium. In addition, I continue to ponder Michael Taussig’s provocation, that colour is an animal, with all the implications that holds for the manifold perspectives of a multinatural planet.

 

“In Praise of Bats, Our Exquisite Winged Kin,” White Fungus, #13, 2013. House of Bats, solo exhibition, Corbans Art Estate, Auckland, NZ. “The Battier the Better: Chiropteran Mythinformation vs 21st Century Totemism,” Animaladies, University of Sydney, 2016 “Like a tea-tray in the sky”, performative lecture for the Liquid Architecture Why Listen to Animals? series, with James Grant, 2016 https://vimeo.com/195227212. Bat, Reaktion, London, forthcoming (May 2018).
Animals in art, literature and film; Artistic practice in the Anthropocene; Animals and colour; Animals and language/ text
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