Animism in Art and Performance

  • Christopher Braddock

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Christopher Braddock
    Pages 1-20
  3. Indigenous Animacies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Cassandra Barnett
      Pages 23-44
    3. Janine Randerson, Rachel Shearer
      Pages 67-88
  4. Atmospheric Animations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Anna Gibbs
      Pages 91-107
  5. Animacy Hierarchies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Rebecca Schneider
      Pages 153-175
    3. Amelia Jones, Christopher Braddock
      Pages 177-190
    4. Martin Patrick
      Pages 213-231
  6. Sensational Animisms

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 277-291

About this book


This book explores Māori indigenous and non-indigenous scholarship corresponding with the term ‘animism’. In addressing visual, media and performance art, it explores the dualisms of people and things, as well as 'who' or 'what' is credited with 'animacy'. It comprises a diverse array of essays divided into four sections: Indigenous Animacies, Atmospheric Animations, Animacy Hierarchies and Sensational Animisms. Cassandra Barnett discusses artists Terri Te Tau and Bridget Reweti and how personhood and hau (life breath) traverse art-taonga. Artist Natalie Robertson addresses kōrero (talk) with ancestors through photography. Janine Randerson and sound artist Rachel Shearer consider the sun as animate with mauri (life force), while Anna Gibb explores life in the algorithm. Rebecca Schneider and Amelia Jones discuss animacy in queered and raced formations. Stephen Zepke explores Deleuze and Guattari's animist hylozoism and Amelia Barikin examines a mineral ontology of art. This book will appeal to readers interested in indigenous and non-indigenous entanglements and those who seek different approaches to new materialism, the post-human and the anthropocene.


New Zealand visual arts new media performance studies philosophy art history Maori cultural studies new materialism posthuman

Editors and affiliations

  • Christopher Braddock
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Art and DesignAuckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand

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