You can find a recording of the podcast here.
Animals do not only speak, but they also tell the truth. We encounter many of them in fairytales and fables, in mimes and dreams. They are often mistaken as avatars or human masks, but they are real agents. They appear in moments of danger, and if we are lucky, they endow us with subtle power.
This podcast is a discussion between Oxana Timofeeva and Haytham El-Wardany conducted on 24 November 2020 as part of the public programme to the exhibition A Sequence of Events in the Lives of the Dormant.
Oxana Timofeeva is a philosopher working as an Assistant Professor on contemporary philosophy at the European University in St. Petersburg and as a senior research fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow. Timofeeva is a member of the artistic collective Chto Delat? (What is to be done?), and a deputy editor of the journal Stasis. She spent her childhood in Surgut, one of the centers of the oil industry in northwestern Siberia. Starting her academic career with a doctoral thesis on the theories of Georges Bataille, she later turned to animal studies and anthropocene thinking. Haytham El-Wardany is a writer and translator. His latest book, “The Book of Sleep” (Alkarma 2017, Cairo), reflects on the political and aesthetical potentialities of sleep and vigilance dialectics in the postrevolutionary moment. Forthcoming is a collection of short stories entitled “Irremediable”.
1 — Tamara Lorenz, 2020