Artikel i tidskrift

Animating Imaginary Animals: Jan Švankmajer, Surrealism, and Dark Ecology

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Författare
Kristoffer Noheden

Abstrakt

This article examines depictions of animals in films by the contemporary Czech surrealist artist Jan Švankmajer. Švankmajer works in extension of a rich surrealist tradition of questioning anthropocentrism and human exceptionalism. Through intermedial comparisons with his creation of imaginary animals in collage and assemblage, the article argues that Švankmajer’s animation of natural history specimens, pieces of animal flesh, and imaginary animal assemblages unsettle ingrained conceptions of taxonomy and animal agency. Creating new connections across the animal, mineral, and vegetable kingdoms, Švankmajer’s films evoke Timothy Morton’s notion of dark ecology with its assertion that ecological interconnectedness is a decidedly weird phenomenon.

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Detaljer

  • Typ:
    Artikel i tidskrift (refereegranskat)
  • Tidskrift:
    Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, Nr 42.
  • Publicerad:
    2017
  • Språk:
    Engelska

Om författaren

Kristoffer Noheden

Kristoffer Noheden är forskare i filmvetenskap. Han disputerade på en avhandling om surrealistisk film i efterkrigstiden vid Stockholms universitet 2015, och har en fil mag i filmvetenskap och en fil kand i kulturvetenskap från Göteborgs universit... Läs vidare

Referens

Noheden, K. (2017). Animating Imaginary Animals: Jan Švankmajer, Surrealism, and Dark Ecology. Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, (42). Available at: http://www.antennae.org.uk [Accessed 19 Feb. 2018].