The Animal Vision. In Connection with the Drawing Center exhibit “Alexis Rockman: Life of Pi” - VILLA-GILLET // WALLS AND BRIDGES //

Walls and Bridges

Walls and Bridges is a 10-day series of performances and critical explorations uniting French and American thinkers and artists from social sciences, philosophy, literature and live arts.

The Animal Vision. In Connection with the Drawing Center exhibit “Alexis Rockman: Life of Pi”

Alexis Rockman, Study for Tiger Vision (6 TV Squid), 2011, Gouache on black paper, 9 x 12 inches (23.9 x 30.5 cm)

10/17/2013 >  18:30 - 20:30
The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street (between Grand and Broome Streets)
New York 10013

Discussion. Co-presented with The Drawing Center, Public Books and NYU Arts & Science Animal Studies Inititative.


Featuring : Vinciane Despret and Alexis Rockman

As part of their Fall 2013 season, the Drawing Center presents a selection of Alexis Rockman’s watercolor drawings, which served as the first stage in the development of the fantastical, imaginary world of Life of Pi, the 2012 feature film directed by Ang Lee. Rockman helped design the hallucinatory “Tigervision” sequence, in which Pi, following the tiger’s gaze over the side of the boat, plunges deep into his own oceanic subconscious, a surreal world of fabulous forms, familiar memories and overwhelming loss. To explore some of the submerged themes of the exhibition, Alexis Rockman will speak with Vinciane Despret, a philosopher who specializes in animal study. In her latest book, Despret reveals our preconceived notions about what animals do, want, and even “think.” Rockman and Despret will discuss their mutual attempts to think with animals, and to pay homage to their visions of the world.


Hosted by Cary Wolfe (Professor of English and writer / USA)



The exhibition “Life of Pi” will be on view at The Drawing Center from September 27th to November 3rd.
Alexis Rockman’s exhibition of new paintings and watercolors entitled “Rubicon.” is also on view at Sperone Westwater Gallery from September 17th to November 2nd, 2013


Learn more about our guests :

Alexis  Rockman
Vinciane  Despret