Distance in Damien Hirst
This chapter examines how human values of depth and interior reflection are used to minimize the animal and their world. It emphasizes the lifting of the animal surface to a level of semiotic meaning within human culture. It looks into the works of Damien Hirst who grapples with the transformation of life to death and opaque to knowable as animals become meat. It considers meat as a metaphysical moment when the animal is killed for raw material. It discusses the notion of Francis Bacon who claims that knowledge in cutting open animals helps restore humans to an Edenic world. It also explores George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s philosophy that the material world is subsumed by consciousness into full knowledge and intelligibility through dialectic tension.
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