“Captive Natures: Grotesque desire in the performative sculptures of Amber Hawk Swanson”
In this paper I examine two projects by the artist Amber Hawk Swanson, Tilikum, 2011 and Lolita, 2013. Through a process of radical identification with the captive Orca whales Tilikum and Lolita, Hawk Swanson explores the ethics of aquatic theme park performances. I argue that the grotesque sculptures make visible the violence done to both humans and Orcas in the conceptions of nature, culture, and relationship manifested in the Shamu spectacle.
Friday Forum Winter 2015 Schedule
Fridays, 12:30 – 2:00pm
Humanities 1, Room 202
A weekly interdisciplinary colloquium series for sharing graduate research across the humanities. Join us for light refreshments and weekly presentations by your fellow graduate students.
January 15- James Beneda, Politics
January 22- Alex Moore, HAVC
January 29- Whitney Devos, Literature
February 5- Sophia Magnone, Literature
February 12- Andrei Tcacenco, History
February 19- Amanda Reyes, History & Consciousness
February 26- Keith Spencer, Literature
March 4- Laura Harrison, Sociology
March 11- Bristol Cave La-Costa, History