Interspecies Art or “Every Animal is an Artist”

Lecture and Discussion with Jessica Ullrich
December 14th 2015

Arnulf Rainer, Parallele Malaktionen mit Schimpansen, 1979

Within the framework of traditional aesthetics, non-human animals are predominantly attributed to nature as artless creatures. Nevertheless, animals and their products are currently experiencing a boom in art and are taken seriously by artists as aesthetic actors. The lecture will focus on works of art in which non-human animals are included in human artistic practice, where they develop their own power of action and co-create art. Using these current examples of interspecies art, the question of whether one can speak of animal co-authorship will be examined.