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Jan Verwoert: Animalisms
Jan Verwoert選譯—動物主義綜論
June 11th, 2015Type: Translation
Author: Jan Verwoert, 王聖智翻譯 Editor: Rikey Tenn
Quote From: Art and Research, vol 4, no 1; translated by Wang, Sheng-chih
Note: Verwoert's "Animalisms" is originally published on Art & Research: A journal of Ideas, Contexts, & Methods, vol 4, no 1, and originally is translated into 3 entries from threes parts of the article, 1. Animation Art & Snake Dance, 2. 2. Ecologizing Emotion, and 3. Locomotive Animals. The author argues that, according to Adorno, there is an affinity to nature -- the irrepressible joy of the "collusion with animals" -- that art can remind us of. Through this bond, art resists the dictates of instrumental reason. However, strong reasons for being wary of the projection of likeness onto nature here: It has not only generated illusions of a return to a garden of Eden in technicolour, but also provided justifications for intolerable worldviews, from social Darwinism to sexism, racism, homophobia. For if there's something to be learned from animism, it may be the capacity to experience emotion as a medium that permits us to perceive; by virtue of the fact that we're alive among other beings on this planet.
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