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  • Alexandra Leykauf: Five pictures of caves paintings pasted onto five paintings of caves (homage to Jonathan Monk), 2022 (Detail). Courtesy: Galerie Martin van Zomeren. Photo: Franziska von den Driesch

The Soul of Metamorphosis:
Plant, Animal, Human

Lecture by Oxana Timofeeva

12.05, 7pm

The lecture by Oxana Timofeeva will take place at the suggestion of Alexandra Leykauf and will be introduced by her.

In her talk Oxana Timofeeva will address the idea of the soul as it was developed in philosophy, where, since antiquity, there was a division between the three kinds of soul – nutritive, or plant, sensitive, or animal, and rational, or human. Instead of recounting a hierarchical structure of this traditional division, we will think of the soul as metamorphoses and passages between these forms, intermediate monstrous forms of plant-humanity and human-bestiality and the mirroring of the one form in the other, also in religious consciousness, where, according to Hegel, the spirit first reveals itself in art, as plants and animals.

Oxana Timofeeva is a Professor at “Stasis” Center for Practical Philosophy at the European University at St. Petersburg, leading researcher at Tyumen State University, member of the artistic collective “Chto Delat?” (“What is to be done?”), deputy editor of the journal “Stasis”, and the author of the books Solar Politics (Polity 2022), History of Animals (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), How to Love a Homeland (Kayfa ta, 2020), This is not That (In Russian, 2022), Introduction to the Erotic Philosophy of Georges Bataille (New Literary Observer, 2009, in Russian), and other writings.

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The introduction and the lecture will be held in English.

> This programme is part of a collaborative project between GAK, Künstlerhaus Bremen and Kunstverein Bremerhaven, which is being developed as part of “dive in. Programme for Digital Interactions” of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) with funding by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) through the NEUSTART KULTUR programme.

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