House Of Beasts Symposium: Enquiries into the Human & the Animal

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The questioning of relationships is the crux of the current House of Beasts exhibition at Attingham Park. Through contemporary art the exhibition explores the estate’s past and present ties to, and relationships with, animals. The contemporary works offer an opportunity to revisit Attingham’s collections and history, giving a chance to not only consider Attingham’s connections to, but also our own bonds with animals Further examinations of these human-animal relations are explored at a number of accompanying events, including at the House Of Beasts Symposium. This event juxtaposed and two perspectives - those of the artists and academics - on our relationships with animals, opening a debate exploring the cultural, philosophical and ethical significance of these relationships. This conversation between the artists from Meadow Arts’ House of Beasts exhibition and scientists and leading academics on human-animal relations offered complementary perspectives to Darwinian and other scientific perspectives on nonhuman animals. As part of Shrewsbury's Darwin Festival 2012, it took place on Saturday, February 18th 2012, at the home of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Shrewsbury and was complemented by a guided tour of the exhibition on Sunday, February 19th with the curators of the exhibition and the Attingham property. The House of Beasts Symposium was a collaboration between Meadow Arts, The Shropshire Wildlife Trust, The National Trust at Attingham Park and Cardiff University’s Sustainable Places Institute, ESRC Centre for the Social and Economic Aspects of Genomics and School of C ity and Regional Planning.
Period18 Feb 2012
Event typeOther
LocationShrewsbury, United KingdomShow on map