Kunst und Wissen
20.04. – 22.04.2016
mit Filipa Ramos. Beginn Mittwoch 20.4.2016 um 10 Uhr im Doppeldeckraum Ateliergebäude A0.11.
This presentation addresses the subject of animal embedment through the analysis of three artistic representations of tiger-human encounters. It observes three case studies, Heinrich Leutemann’s lithographic print Road Surveying Interrupted in Singapore (c. 1885), Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s film Tropical Malady (2004), and Phillip Warnell’s film Ming of Harlem (2014), to investigate the speculative constitution of the animal’s relation to territories and boundaries. Taking in consideration the various relations that these animals establish with the sets where they are situated and with those who traverse them—how Road Surveying Interrupted in Singapore depicts a leaping tiger surprising an urban planner and his team; how in Tropical Malady a were-tiger haunts his feverish lover across the jungle; and how Ming, the Bengal tiger, defends his house/den from a menacing police officer—it observes how these animal-images are traversed by an anthropocentric gaze that assigns specific tasks to them while they still manage to evade these sites of control and exist in blank spots.
Filmstills Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Tropical Malady (2004).