new animism - the st claire

"In Understanding Animation, Paul Wells defines animism as “a pre-rational, pre-scientific state of relatedness to the organic interconnectedness of the natural world,” one that could provide a framework for thinking about the marvelous locomotion of stationary objects in animated film. Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno saw a dialectical relationship between animism and technology, suggesting that “animism spiritualized the object, whereas industrialism objectifies the spirits of men.” Does this new animism liberate objects or threaten human life? In this session we will consider the animistic impulse in the visual arts, springing from the grotesque and the arabesque, to early animation, and finally to newer theories of talking objects and plasmatic technologies that move in the world today."

New Animism - Tuesday, April 15th 7-9pm 


Animism (from Latin animus, -i "soullife") is the worldview that non-human entities, including animals, plants, and often even inanimate objects or phenomena, possess a spiritual essence.

(from Wikipedia)