Title of Output: Animal Territories
Artists: Susanne Ramsenthaler
Location: The Roslin Institute, Easter Bush, Edinburgh
Format: Group exhibition
Number of pieces: Submission of 'Swim", a series of 14 images from the series 'Hybrids'
Date(s): March 2012 - July 2012
Kirsty Louise Jones
During the summer of 2011 colleagues and students from ECA were invited to the Animal Sciences Research Institute to explore possibilities for exchange and closer cross-disciplinary working. Initial discussions evolved into a day seminar on 'Animal Integrity: Human animal relationships from different perspectives', which took place at ECA last December. At that event artists and scholars from the disciplines of earth sciences, philosophy and ethics engaged in debate about the nature of such relationships and their visual and material expression and launched a call to artists for works responding to these themes, to be shown at this exhibition.
The resulting submissions cover a range of media, including video, photography, sculpture and digital print and offer a tangible sense of the evolving dialogue between science, philosophy and art which links our two institutions. Ethical issues concerning human/animal relationships have long been a concern of artists for whom the natural world has formed both subject matter and material over previous decades (ECA at Lauriston Place is itself built over Edinburgh’s former cattle market and its studios incorporated space for the drawing and painting of live and dissected specimens). Indeed their relevance has become even more pressing in the present moment when environmental issues are omnipresent in public discourse.