Anna Blume - As a Professor in the History or Art at the SUNY campus of the Fashion Institute of Technology I teach courses on the relationship between photography and archeology and art and ethics. Most recently, I completed an honorary fellowship at the Institute of Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison focused on ancient monumental architecture and sculpture in the Mississippi valley. Previous studies have included Maya concepts of zero and images of human animal hybridity.
"Lithic Sense: An Ontology of Things"
While looking at Paleolithic and Archaic stone carvings, I will want to consider the active role of materiality in the making of things and how elements have specific agency as collaborative components in their transformation into objects. This train of thought can potentially open up notions of the ontology of beings and things as they interrelate as well as the possibility of a metaphysics through these relationships. Such an approach can shift us out of an anthropocentric perspective into a dialectic of animal and element.