Writing encounters: Institute of Beasts (2008)

Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2009) 'Writing encounters: Institute of Beasts (2008).' Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 2 (1). pp. 117-125. ISSN 1753-5204

Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1386/jwcp.2.1.117_1


In 1998 Steve Dutton and Steve Swindells formed the artist collaboration Dutton and Swindells. In 2008 they completed a three-month artist residency programme at Ssamzie Space, Seoul, South Korea. During the residency the artists founded the Institute of Beasts by introducing live animals into the studio as members of a faculty; to suggest new readings of the work but also as a strategy to potentially generate art as a form of encounter in which different compulsions or pathologies pull in various ways but equally live together in a frame or scenario in much the same way as practice can exist as performance, text and as object. An interesting aspect of having an animal(s) in the studio is the unpredictable nature of what happens to the work when it becomes a perch, a hutch or a burrow and what happens to the artist's practice when they share a space with other animal(s). This article and accompanying images form a written/visual extension to a presentation they delivered at Writing Encounters, York St John University, 11-13 September 2008.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Institute; animal; becoming; encounter; performative
Divisions: Bath School of Art, Film and Media
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1386/jwcp.2.1.117_1
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Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2017 14:42
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:45
URI / Page ID: https://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/9420
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