The Political Animal is a monthly reading group set up and run by Olga Koroleva and is based at The Showroom, London. Since February 2016 a number of texts from disciplines including art theory, philosophy, ethology and biology concerning the relationship between human and non-human animals have been read and discussed.

This is a democratic group run in a horizontal fashion where all members of the group take an active part in setting further reading. For details on what has been read and discussed so far please see this document, where you can also find direct links to the texts.

In June 2016 Teresa Gillespie set up a sister group at the Temble Bar Gallery + Studios in Dublin. The group is currently run by Jessica Conway.

A blog and a facebook page are kept by members of the group where links to relevant events, articles and works are shared.

If you would like to join the London group or have any questions, please get in touch with Olga Koroleva by email. To join the Dublin group or with any related questions, get in touch with Jessica Conway via her website.

On 2nd September 2017 the first Political Animal event will take place at The Showroom!

The Political Animal presents work by members of The Political Animal reading group, and those who have been their inspiration. This is a day of new academic and creative writing, screenings, sculptural and video commissions, and live performances that reflect upon the conditions of interspecies relationships today. Drawing from studies on animal theory, biology, ethology, philosophy, anthropology and literature, each participant presents their own take on locating the human and other animals within worlds that we have come to call ‘nature’ and ‘culture’.


1.30 pm Doors open

2 - 3.40 pm Presentations by Lynn Turner, Rosemarie McGoldrick, Filipa Ramos (remotely), and Melanie Jackson followed by Q&A.

3.40 - 4 pm break

4 - 5.15 pm Screening of moving image work by Alexandra Anikina, Matthew Beach, Jenny Brady, Laura Cooper, Carl Gent, Dawn Gaietto, Olga Koroleva, Gui Pondé, and Sonia Levy, and Jennet Thomas.

5.15 - 5.45 pm break

5.45 - 7.15 pm Live performances by Laurie Robins, Hermione Spriggs and Laura Cooper (collaborating as Anthropology of Other Animals), Matterlurgy (Helena Hunter and Mark Peter Wright), and Robbie Judkins.

7.30pm Closing drinks

On show throughout the day: Sculptural commission by Valinia Svoronou and moving image work by Elisa Noguera Lopez.

To register, please go to Eventbrite page.

***Please note: seats are limited to 60 and will be allocated on first come first served basis!***

For mode details about participants please go to The Showroom webpage. Documentation of the event will be hosted on this page from the end of October.

Image credit: still from Animals For Liberation Of Technology by Alexandra Anikina

The Political Animal event is supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts. Please use @ace_london, #ACEsupported and #culturematters when writing about this event on Twitter!