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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris (18 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848855249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848855243
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.7 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,749,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Giovanni Aloi articulately and sensitively unpacks the varied passionate, complex and, at times, questionable motives behind the art world's current embrace of the animal subject. He accomplishes this with erudite, and yet accessible, explanations and perceptions, all the while keeping animals themselves firmly in the reader's mind. Thinking around animals has grown exponentially in the last decade. In this time of environmental crisis the interest in the human relationship with other species has become a focal point for change. Aloi offers us, through artists' engagement with 'the animal' and animals themselves, a mirror in which to see our own struggles with our relationships with the non-human world.' --Carol Gigliotti, Associate Professor, Dynamic Media and Critical and Cultural Studies, Emily Carr University and Editor, Leonardo's Choice: Genetic technologies and animals

'Jacob von Uexküll once called on biologists, ecologists, and philosophers to take a stroll through the worlds of animals and men and challenged us to see the world through other than human eyes. Contemporary art has taken up Uexküll's call and now challenges us to do the same. Giovanni Aloi leads us on a stroll through the truly stunning world of animal art. Among the menagerie, readers will find themselves immersed in pickled sharks, genetically altered bunnies, taxidermied polar bears and pets re-imagined. It is some comfort to have this book as a companion in approaching such a multivalent field. In Art and Animals Aloi brings to bear his wealth of experience as editor of Antennae: Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. He proves an adept guide in giving his readers ways of framing and re-framing the burgeoning world of animal art without ever feeling that his mastery cheats the richness of the field.' --Ron Broglio, Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

About the Author

Giovanni Aloi is a Lecturer in History of Art and Media Studies at The Open University, Queen Mary University, Westminster College and the Tate Galleries. He is also Chief Editor of Antennae, the Journal of Nature in Visual Culture.

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This book made an impact, but I really wasn't sure about how to rate it. Many people would find it completely impenetrable. The author seems to delight in obfuscation, in taking relatively simple concepts and wrapping them in gobledegook. He then also takes more complex subjects and does the same thing. Here's just one sentence from the book to illustrate the point: "The performative act, a continuous repositioning of the artist's body and that of the pig, revolved around ideas of identity and animal relations, closeness and distance, suggesting that for us the animal is effectively always a discursively dead object to manipulate, regardless of the morphological similarities that may indeed suggest the possibility for different relational approaches." Long words in long sentences don't aid understanding, so if you had to read that two or three times before it made any sense, prepare for a long haul.

Like my first encounter with Shakespeare as a teenager, I got the impression that there was something worth investigating, but although I could gain a general impression of the main thesis, understanding the detail took a lot more effort than it deserved. Is that the author's fault, or the editor's, or the publisher's? Possibly all three, but once I got over that and started to get to grips with the content, it is a fascinating area of study - which is why it's hard to rate.

It felt like one person's view of animals and art, a point of view coming from a strong and singular vision, rather than a primer for the whole area of study.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. B. Dal Pra on 11 Aug. 2013
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Very informative and interesting. I needed it for my work at university and found it helpful. It is a good book.
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