In Flesh and Blood: Animals in Art and Philosophy

Still from Robert Bresson’s 'Au hasard Balthazar'

A symposium series convened by Dr Elizabeth Presa and Dr Louise Burchill in three parts with leading artists, writers and philosophers, focusing on animals in philosophy and art. The keynote speaker for the first symposium is Professor Peter Singer, the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne.

Presented by the Centre for Ideas Art & Philosophy Project funded by the Sidney Myer Foundation.


10.30 – 11.40: Ashley Woodward (MSCP and CFI), ‘Becoming-Animal in Peter Shaffer’s Equus

Jon Roffe (MSCP), ‘Everything You Wanted to Know About Deleuze and Guattari but were Afraid to Ask Lobsters’

Timothy Mathieson (art advisor to the Melbourne City Council), ‘The Pelican Machine of Helen Martin’s Owl House as an effectuation of Deleuze and Guattari’s faciality machine’

11.45 – 12.05: Victoria Duckett (CFI) ‘Animals in early film’

12.15 – 1.15: Philip Adams (choreographer and the BalletLab artistic director) Extinction and the exotic in nature.

2:00 – 4:00:  Keynote lecture by Professor Peter Singer (Princeton University and University of Melbourne).

Professor Singer will address the major tenets of his argument, first set out in Animal Liberation, that basic moral principles dictate that human tyranny over nonhuman animals must cease. Followed by a discussion with the audience.

4.15 – 5:00: Tom Crago (CFI PhD candidate and video game practitioner) and David Shea (CFI) ‘Horses don’t have eyebrows – Animal Representation in Video Games’

Date: Tuesday 3rd April, 2012 – 10am – 5pm.

Venue: Federation Hall, VCA, 234 St Kilda Road, Southbank

All enquiries:  Louise Burchill


All Welcome.  Free Attendance. No Registration Required.