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Surface EncountersThinking with Animals and Art$
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Ron Broglio

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816672967

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816672967.001.0001

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Contact Zones and Living Flesh

Contact Zones and Living Flesh

Touch after Olly and Suzi

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Surface Encounters

Ron Broglio

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter investigates further animal surfaces to understand the world of animals. It emphasizes the works of Olly Williams and Suzi Winstanley, which offer a surface for human-animal exchange where humans and animals trade marks. It looks into how their works discern and promulgate the cultivation and enculturation of animals within human culture. It considers also how their works describe the animal surface, the living flesh, as well as the surface of the animal world as they go to contact zones of animals. It investigates Martin Heidegger’s argument that animals are “poor in the world” because they have no substantial interiority and thus no place for philosophical thought; and how Olly and Suzi’s projects provide a test case for breaching the divide between human worlding and the “poor in the world”.

Keywords:   animal surface, Olly Williams, Suzi Winstanley, human-animal exchange, enculturation, Martin Heidegger, substantial interiority, human worlding

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