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Hosting the animal: the art of Kathy High

Author(s): Irina Aristarkhova

Journal: Journal of Aesthetics & Culture
ISSN 2000-4214

Volume: 2;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: bio-art | aesthetics of hospitality | human–animal relation | Derrida | relationality | responsibility | aesthetics

This article considers the question of “hosting the animal” through the artwork of contemporary artist Kathy High. I show how High's art project “Embracing Animals” challenges us to think about aesthetics of hospitality as far as the animal is concerned. I will argue that Kathy High's work, when read through the lens of the concept of hospitality, provides us with an opportunity to interrogate what hosting the animal in art might be and the limits and limitations of such hosting.
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