Landscape and Mammary featuring R.A.W. Assmilk Soap included in the Australian Animal Studies Group gallery

Along with a range of other artworks that explore interspecies intimacies, Landscape and Mammary is presently featured in the AASG Online Gallery. This gallery highlights contributions of the fine arts to contemporary animal studies discourses.

This gallery is an outgrowth of the upcoming 4th Biennial Australian Animal Studies Group Conference (July 2011 in Brisbane, Australia): Animals, People – a Shared Environment. According to the organizers, “This conference will bring together animal theorists and scientists from a broad range of academic disciplines with representatives from nongovernment organisations, government officials from several nations and representatives from industry, to examine the interrelationships between human and nonhuman animals from cultural, historical, geographical, environmental, representational, moral, legal and political perspectives.”

Multispecies Salon presents: Raw Milk

The Multispecies Salon presents:

Raw Milk

Thursday, February 10th, 12:30-1:30 pm ~ free and open to the public

CUNY Graduate Center, Room 5307

365 Fifth Ave (in between 34th & 35th Street), New York, NY  10016

Sponsored by the Mellon Science Studies Committee 

Featuring art and artifacts from the Pretty Goat Guerrilla Dairy in New Orleans as well as “Transfers” by Caitlin Berrigan—a video installation depicting two performers transferring one full pitcher of milk through the interface of their mouths, to fill an empty pitcher.  Come for conversation with artists and intellectuals on the subject of raw milk.  Cheeses, soap, and milk in a liquid form will be on offer.  There will be three presentations:

 R.A.W. Assmilk Soap, Karin Bolender (Rural Alchemy Workshop)

 Human Cheese, Miriam Simun (New York University)

 “Policing People and Microbes: Raw Milk Economies in Post-Socialist Europe”, Diana Mincyte (Yale University) 

For more information:

Eben Kirksey, ekirksey@gc.cuny.edu, +1.212.817.709

 As artists, academics, and significant others come together to break bread in this multispecies meal we will interrogate ideas about Edible Companions—one of three themes at play in the Multispecies Salon, an art exhibit that has traveled to San Francisco, New Orleans, and New York City.   We will eat creatures that Donna Haraway calls companion species.  Companion comes from the Latin cum panis, with bread, Haraway writes.  Companion species include such organic beings as rice, bees, tulips, and intestinal flora, all of whom make life for humans what it is, and vice versa.  Our table will be spread with offerings from organisms that are not just good to think with (as Lévi-Strauss had it), or more instrumentally, good to eat (as Marvin Harris countered), but also entities, and agents, that are good to live with (as Donna Haraway maintains).