The Days When Animals Talked
José Manuel dos Santos and António Soares

‘Just when the gods had ceased to be,
and the Christ had not yet come…’

Benedikt Eckhardt

In the first person
A Week in Tangier with Hisham Mayet
Entrevista por André Príncipe e José Pedro Cortes

Sensitive Rhythms
Ana Pais

Subject: Animals
We Humans and (Other) Animals
António Guerreiro

Animals: What Limits? What Rights?
António Bracinha Vieira

The Architectures of Species
Massimo Filippi

The Mid-Life Crisis of Anti-Speciesism
Vasco M. Barreto

Can Animals Fuel Our Imagination?
Vinciane Despret

Genocides: Some Thoughts on the
Bad Conscience of Philosophers

Alessandro Dal Lago

Wild Freedom: Hypotheses for an Animal Politics
Boyan Manchev

View of  Delft
Tel Aviv, 4-8 May 2019
Éric Marty

Notre-Dame: Heritage Politics and Heritage as Politics

The Gaze of Janus
Salvatore Settis

Notes Concerning the Fire and the Reconstruction
Carlo Pùlisci

The Exhaustion of Monuments
Pedro Levi Bismarck

Luisa Casati - The Divine Marchioness
José Manuel dos Santos

Portfolio: Magali Reus
Humming Along
Andrew Durbin

In the Land of Melancholy
António Guerreiro

Jean Starobinski’s Masks
Barbara Chitussi

Chosen works
Dora Maar / Berthe Morisot:In Their Own Name
Helena de Freitas

dictionary of received ideas
Daniel Jonas

What is the meaning of the emergence of animal protection, and even their liberation, as one of the great causes of these first decades of the 21st century? This theme is the main focus of the press file in issue 7 of ELECTRA magazine, where concepts such as humanism, anti-humanism, animalism, the environment, behaviourism, ethology, rights, conscience and guilt will be discussed. Several authors contribute to this reflection, among which are sociologist Alessandro Dal Lago, who follows the history of the indifference of philosophers towards the animal world; philosopher Boyan Manchev, who writes about ecopolitics and animal politics; and professor of neurology Massimo Filippi, who explores the divide between Human and Animal.

The partial destruction of Notre-Dame, resulting from the fire in April 2019, sets the tone for a discussion about the cult of heritage and the way it is used politically, from the perspectives of Salvatore Settis, archaeologist and historian, Carlo Pùlisci, art historian, and Pedro Levi Bismarck, architect and researcher. The three essays are accompanied by images of the Cathedral by photographer André Cepeda.

The eccentric Luisa Casati, the “futurist marchesa” – as the Italian poet Marinetti called her –, who predicted the artistic and cultural trends of the 20th and 21st centuries, is the figure whose story is told in this issue.

This issue’s portfolio is by Dutch artist Magali Reus, known for her work in the field of sculpture and presenting here her first incursion into photography. Reus offers us over ten photos of flowers and flower-delivery trucks, accompanied by an essay by American poet and curator Andrew Durbin, editor at Frieze Magazine.

Hisham Mayet, filmmaker, researcher and founder of the record label Sublime Frequencies, is interviewed by photographers and editors André Príncipe and José Pedro Cortes, who run through the narrative of a visual essay.

ELECTRA is a project by EDP Foundation, launched in March 2018. It is a quarterly magazine of reflection and criticism, and all of its content is made up of original pieces by Portuguese and international thinkers. It is published in both Portuguese and English, and can be bought from newsstands, bookshops, at MAAT’s gift shop and online (https://www.monadebooks.com/electra). The magazine is now also distributed in Brazil since September 2019.

04 Nov 2019