Wednesday Walkthrough: Bauhaus for Non-Humans

FW Bond / ZSL, Berthold Lubetkin Penguin Pool at ZSL London Zoo, 1935. Courtesy Zoological Society of London.
FW Bond / ZSL, Berthold Lubetkin Penguin Pool at ZSL London Zoo, 1935. Courtesy Zoological Society of London.

Join us for a Wednesday Walkthrough – a gallery tour where curators, artists, and researchers share their perspectives on our exhibitions. This walkthrough is led by Filipa Ramos and explores László Moholy-Nagy’s film, The New Architecture of the London Zoo (1936), and the artist’s activity in the UK.

This talk will reflect about the history of documenting and exhibiting live animals and the role that modern architecture and cinema played in it. The belief in the role played by modern architecture and design in the emancipation of society entailed the care for animal life. Such was the case of the renovation of the London Zoo, documented by László Moholy-Nagy in the film The New Architecture of the London Zoo (1936). The film offers a striking example of how the histories of architecture, art, film and exhibitions evolved hand-in-hand during the first half of the twentieth century.

Free. Drop in. Gallery seating and hearing loops available.

Filipa Ramos is a writer and editor based in London, where she works as Editor in Chief of art-agenda. She is Film Curator for Art Basel and co-curator of Vdrome, a programme of screenings of films by visual artists and filmmakers. Ramos is a Lecturer in the MRes Arts at Central Saint Martins in London, and at the Master Programme of the Arts Institute of Basel of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. She was Associate Editor of Manifesta Journal and contributed for Documenta 13 (2012) and 14 (2017). Her writing and research, largely focusing on interspecies relationships, has been published in magazines and catalogues worldwide. She edited Animals (Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press, 2016). She curated “Animalesque”, a large group exhibition on becoming animal-becoming other, at the Bildmuseet Umeå, Sweden (Summer 2019) and BALTIC, Gateshead (Winter 2019/20). Together with Lucia Pietroiusti and for the Serpentine Galleries she curates the ongoing symposia series The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish.

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