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Article series: the second guest lecture on the 5th of March at the class “Critical Animal and Media Studies”, by Friederike Zenker

Article series: the second guest lecture on the 5th of March at the class “Critical Animal and Media Studies”, by Friederike Zenker

19.03.2019

 

On the 5th of March 2019, at the class ‘Critical Animal and Media Studies’, three guest lectures provided three very interesting presentations on three different subjects. Below you can read about the second lecture by PhD student Friederike Zenker. She talked about Animal ARTivism, which is a combination of creative talent and passion for art with rebellion against animal abuse and exploitation.

 

More specifically, ARTivism is a form of arts based on animal ethics, and in particular the ARTivism promoted by Zenker is based on the ethics of care, which is a feminist framework of moral particularism that focuses on relationships. It deals with all aspects of maintaining, questioning or ending personal and or global relationships, acknowledging cognitive and emotional aspects alike.

 

Her own PhD project on Animal ARTivism focussed on the intersection of animal ethics and image theory and investigates the moral relevance of animal representations. Her motivation came from the question she was once asked: do you want to be an academia or an animal activist? She chose to do both: connect academic theories on animal ethics with art, and use art to show animal suffering and abuse by humans.

 

Zenker is working with Neozoon, a female artist collective founded in 2009 in Berlin and Paris. A video of one of their projects can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0OS_JYorZU. If you want to get a more clear understanding of Animal ARTivism, take a look at this website: https://thevegandatabase.com/animal-rights-artivism-30-talented-vegan-artists-to-follow-now/.

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