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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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A Minor Art

A Minor Art

Becoming-Animal of Marcus Coates

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Surface Encounters

Ron Broglio

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter considers the infectious transformation between human and animal states which are activated through encounters. It highlights the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Felix who propose the notion of “becoming-animal”. It discusses the artwork of Marcus Coates which juxtaposes civility and animality in a way that elucidates and furthers the concept of “becoming-animal.” It examines Coates’ practices which he expresses through activities such as shamanistic rituals, revival of Scottish and Scandinavian folktale of seals becoming human, and describes his descent into the “lower word” of animal spirits to answer human dilemmas. It also highlights his work Dawn Chorus, where various humans perform as local birds of a community and make bird noises.

Keywords:   infectious transformation, Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, becoming-animal, Marcus Coates, animality, Dawn Chorus

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