Thursday, 19 April 2012

Date for next Tooth&Clawr Event

Fig.4. You are here (detail, work in progress for Animus flux) ©Helen Bullard 2009

The focus of the evening will be ‘Fostering Pidgins’ by artist Helen Bullard. Helen – currently Resident Artistic Research Associate in the department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge – works with animal subjects to question and uncover a changing landscape of research, theory and material exploration that deals with the animal-human relationship. We will also look at former Cardiff-based artist Paul Hurley’s writing on ‘becoming animal’ in performance. Looking forward to discussing the many and various ways the texts might provide in to thinking around the ICZ show!

Tuesday May 15th 2012, 7pm at Chapter Arts Centre. £3. Booking Essential.
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Images of ICZ's work to wet your appetite

Expedition #10,From the series The Glacier Study Group (
121cm x 84cm, Archival Piezographic Print

A realised dream, Experiment #2, 2011
All content of above images Copyright of ICZ

Tooth&Clawr are getting ready to sink their teeth into ICZ!

Tooth&Clawr are gearing up for the next artist run reading group event. We are busy selecting the next texts and planning so that we can encourage lively discussion around Chapter Galleries next show. The Institute of Critical Zoologists (ICZ as we affectionately call it) will open to the public on Friday 27th of April 2012. The private view takes place on Thursday 26th of April 2012, 6-8pm and you are all welcome to attend. Hope to see you there!

The Institute of Critical Zoologists

 The Institute Of Critical Zoologists

Fri 27 April — Sun 17 June
Gwe 27 Ebrill — Sul 17 Mehefin

Preview: Thu 26 April • 6-8pm • Iau 26 Ebrill

The Institute of Critical Zoologists (ICZ) works with artists, scientists and researchers to develop a critical approach to the zoological gaze. Motivated by current ecological concerns, the heart of its practice addresses the human regard for animals as conveyors of meaning with values that are both culturally and politically specific.

Taking factional environments as a starting point for quasi-factual scenarios, projects are realised as installations, photographic art works, archive material and expedition reports. The ICZ aims to test the role of art and photography in the dissemination of knowledge and acceptance of truths.

Chapter has worked in collaboration with the ICZ to present its first UK retrospective exhibition that interrogates the boundaries between the seen and the unseen, art and artifice, credence and fantasy; exploring methods of allegorical representation and interpretation.

In March 2012, ICZ artist Zhao Renhui undertook a residency at the National Museum Cardiff that has informed part of the research for this exhibition. An installation by the artist is open in the Natural History Galleries at the Museum between 13 March and 17 June 2012.

Pauline J Yao writes, Zhao’s work "may be truthful depictions or artful fabrications, but it hardly matters: Zhao succeeds in proving that our assumptions about reality must be rigorously questioned if not, on occasion, fully abandoned". (Best of 2010, Art Forum)

This exhibition is curated by Lauren Jury and Helen Warburton.


Under the organisational name of The Institute of Critical Zoologists, Zhao Renhui has shown in a number of international exhibitions and been the subject of extensive writing and commentary. He is currently undertaking an artist residency with Ffotogallery, UK on behalf of the Land Archive. Recent group exhibitions include: The Singapore Art Museum (2012); Langgeng Art Foundation, Indonesia (2011); Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan; Seoul Arts Center, Korea; (both 2010); Photo Levallois, Paris (2008), as well as solo exhibitions at The Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (2012) and The Arts Gallery, London (2011). In 2011 he received the Deustche Bank Award in Photography from University of the Arts London and was Winner of the Sony World Photography Awards in Still Life. He was awarded the Singapore National Arts Council Young Artist Award in 2010 and won a distinguished art prize in Singapore, The United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Award in 2009. Zhao graduated with a Masters in Photography from The London College of Communication under its graduate scholarship program. He lives in London and Singapore.

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Image: Secret Place, from the series ‘The whiteness of a whale’, 2010

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