This talk will be about animals and their capacity for consciousness, intelligence and language. Ideas will be framed through an exploration of conceptual and digital artists who work with animals as their subject. How is our accelerated technology playing a role in changing how we view animals and our own human identity in relation to them?
Melody Owen is an artist/writer/person based in Oregon. She is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery and has also shown work at The Portland Art Museum, Core Sample, Modern Zoo, PDX Gallery, Nine at Blue Sky, The Nines, The Art Gym, PICA, TBA, PDX Experimental Film Festival, and elsewhere out in the world. She has travelled to artist residencies in Iceland, Paris, Quebec, Switzerland, and Western New York, and published books with Publication Studio, Future Tense, Scout Books and Container Corps. She is currently working on a second masters degree at OSU’s brand new Environmental Arts and Humanities program with a focus in animal studies and digital arts.