GV Art and Mind Symposium 13
13 November 2012

Descartes goes to the Circus: Views of the Brute Creation in Performance, c. 1750-1850

Dr Marius Kwint

In this talk Marius considers how performances of trained humans and other animals during the period were framed first in terms of Enlightenment rationalism, and later to furnish Romantic spectacles of sublime and untamed nature. This form of popular entertainment, which had its modern origins in eighteenth-century London, both reflected scientific trends, and was credited to a surprising degree with helping to change prevailing attitudes towards animals.

A full report by Ruth Garde can be found athttp://www.wildculture.com/article/descartes-circus-views-brute-creation-performance/937

Marius Kwint is Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture, School of Art, Design and Media, University of Portsmouth

Marius Kwint joined the University of Portsmouth in 2008. He graduated in the new interdisciplinary Cultural History degree at Aberdeen University in 1988, before taking his doctorate in History at Oxford University. His previous lecturing posts have been at Southampton Institute (now Solent) and Oxford Universities, and he has held research fellowships at the Houghton Library, Harvard University and at the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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GV Art is a contemporary art gallery which aims to explore and acknowledge the inter-relationship between art and science, and how the areas cross over and inform one another. The gallery produces exhibitions and events that create a dialogue focused on how modern man interprets and understands the advances in both areas and how an overlap in the technological and the creative, the medical and the historical are paving the way for new aesthetic sensibilities to develop.

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