Becoming Animal


What makes a person a human being? How animalistic are we? A foray through art history

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Claus Carstensen, Jens Tang Kristensen, Kirse Junge-Stevnsborg, Christine Løventoft, Anne Gregersen, Raymond Tallis, Frederik Stjernfelt, Ron Broglio


Unlike animals, whose consciousness of their own existence differs from humans, humans experience life as a conscious function of death, painfully aware of the limitations of life and the emptiness lurking ahead. Becoming Animal explores the existential nature of human existence in a rich survey through Symbolism, Surrealism, Minimalism and contemporary art.This investigation builds from a literary and philosophical framework that addresses consciousness and the self. Through a series of apparently irreconcilable artistically and politically divergent movements, empty transcendence is confronted by the enduring concepts of eternity and utopia. Becoming Animal features artists such as Francisco de Goya, Alfred Kubin, Odilon Redon, Gardar Eide Einarsson and Werner Büttner and includes essays on emptiness and transcendence in modern and contemporary art.Exhibition:Museum of Religious Art, Lemvig, 12.5.-12.8.2018

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Weight 1452 g
Dimensions 23.3 x 28.1 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 26 August 2018
Number of pages
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Claus Carstensen and Jens Tang Kristensen
Dimensions 23.3 x 28.1 cm
Weight 1452 g


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