Journal article

From Underdog to Overview: Perspectivism, Symbolism and Taxonomies in the films of Camille Henrot

T Laird

Antennae: the journal of nature in visual culture | Antennae: the journal of nature in visual culture | Published : 2017


This paper examines four experimental short films by the multi-disciplinary artist Camille Henrot. Film Spatial (2007) is a textural exploration of haptic visuality and perspectivism from the p.o.v. of Balkis the dog. Attention to the singular Balkis becomes a concern with dogs in general in Cynopolis (2009), and snake symbolism in The Strife of Love in a Dream (2011). Finally Grosse Fatigue (2013) parodises both creationism and taxonomic organisation, in an anarchival gesture. The cinemal , like Derrida’s animot, becomes a disruptive force which re-animates the dying animal, breathing life back into the cinema, the archive, and human-animal relations. The full title of this essay is: 'Persp..

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