Austria, Salzburg

And what did the animal say?

when 15 August 2016 - 27 August 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 700

In Mathieu Kassovitz’s film La Haine, while Vinz and Sayid walk through the clashes between police and residents in their suburb, Vinz is sure he saw a cow crossing the street. It is not clear if he is the only one who saw it, if it’s even real, a symbol of the collapse of the urban order, or possibly an omen of his imminent death.

Why look at animals? Do we use animals as symbols or proxies for other subjects? Is our interest in them driven by a desire to reach beyond the confines of our bodies, subjectivities, knowledge and practice? How are these interests or desires finally translated in our work?

In this course we will take animals as our starting-point to explore issues that relate to our selves, societies, cultures and politics. By engaging with a diverse selection of contemporary writers, artists, film-makers and others who use or reflect on the use of animals in their work, as well as through field-trips, class discussions and one-on-one meetings, this course aims to explore and develop different modes and languages of observation and how they are translated into images and texts. Starting from our individual interests and projects, we will work on the development of our ideas from conception and visualisation, to translating them into images and texts, and finally to sharing our work in a space with an audience.

Course leader

Maha Maamoun

Target group

open to anyone interested in fine arts

Fee info

EUR 700: Regular fee
EUR 540: Reduced fee for students


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