I have tried handing animals weapons – tools for their revolution. Lord knows they need a revolution and have suffered enough abuse from the hand of humans. They generally stare at me blankly. They look at the anthropomorphic machine I extend to them and stare at it, again, blankly. With bare looks and still, corporeal thickness, these animals make no motion towards arming themselves. Now I feel like the idiot. What do I know about their revolution? Perhaps they are already armed. Perhaps the revolution is underway in modalities I have yet to know and of which I could reason only within the limits of sociability. Over the course of this talk, I will explore the zone of my idiocy and the ground of an animal revolution. My small tales of rebellion are a gesture toward thinking an outside, a revolution, that is proper to the animal and only improperly within our grasp.
Ron Broglio's research focuses on how philosophy and aesthetics can help us rethink the relationship between humans and the environment. His book Technologies of the Picturesque: British Art, Poetry, and Instruments 1750-1830 (Bucknell, 2008) considers the influence of technology in British landscape aesthetics while On the Surface: Thinking with Animals and Art will be (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) asks what is an animal phenomenology and how might it be thought through art.
Prof RON BROGLIO, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA
Ron is hosted at the University of Cumbria by Professor of Fine Art, Dr Mark Wilson