PROJECTION

THE DEATH OF ANIMALS

WEDNESDAY 3 MAY 2017, TO 19H30

VIDEOFOREVER WITH PAUL ARDENNE AND BARBARA POLLA

Most cultures make the death of animals a mythical chronotope. The animal must die, one would think, for civilization to live. On this bas-relief from High Antiquity, the Assyrian or Egyptian ruler kills the lion during a fight of high symbolic value. Elsewhere, in the world of animalicidal representations, Hercules defeats the Erymanthian boar and the Nemean lion, not to mention the three-headed dog Cerberus. But man also likes to represent the animal that kills his neighbor, lions or eagles slaying smaller and less powerful than them.

The contemporary period, and the videographers in particular, focus as much on the expression of the passion and the sufferings of the animal as on its sacrifice. Animal death becomes a paradigm of our own existence and a field of artistic research: what value should be given to animal death? What does it teach us about our own death? How does killing, especially during hunting, with its rituals, shed light on animal death - and therefore on our own? The video, with its procession of moving images, makes it possible to explore the very action of causing death as well as the symbols attached to it.

© Shaun Gladwell, 1 Apologies - 6, 2009 / Cinematography: Gotaro Uematsu
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