Founded by Olga Koroleva, The Political Animal began its life as a monthly reading group in February 2016 at The Showroom, London with the generous support from then-director Emily Pethick. It has since developed into an international community for artists, writers, curators, and scientists supporting cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural examination of inter-species relationships. Two satellite groups are based in Dublin and Edinburgh led by Jessica Conway and Tom Jeffreys respectively. In September 2017 the inaugural Political Animal day-long event and symposium took place at The Showroom. Collaborative readings have been held with Afterall / Rose Thompson at Arts Catalyst, Thomas Kuckle at Kunstraum, WaterBodies at Whitstable Biennale Satellite Programme, Oana Damir's project at Chisenhale Studios, with Nella Aarne under the umbrella of Irruptive Chora (Agata Kik and Ania Mokrzycka) at the RCA, and Evening Class for Art Licks Weekend and Guest Projects as part of Edge Effects screening and discussion series co-organised with Rowan Lear of the feminist reading group wrkwrkwrk. Most recently, TPA became project partners of Ocean Archive contributing to the online platform; a screening in response to OA and the IPCC report will take place in 2020.

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If you would like to join the London reading group or have any questions, please get in touch by email. All members take an active part in setting further reading. You can find links to previous reading in this document.

TPA - Afterall collaboration
Arts Catalyst, 22 July 2019
TPA read The Insect Play
Kunstraum, 17 November 2018
Edge Effects screening and discussion series
co-organised with Rowan Lear
TPA at Whitstable Biennale Satellite Programme
The Bubble Cafe, 5 June 2018
The Political Animal Event
The Showroom, London, 2 September 2017