Lens of Impact: Human-Animal Relations

Join Parsons' School of Art and Design History and Theory and Swissnex in New York for a cross-cultural exchange on the relationship between humans and animals.

From cows and chickens to rats, donkeys, and elephants, how should artists and designers approach the relationship between animals and humans? How can art and design challenge dominant anthropocentric narratives?

In this first edition of Lens of Impact, we are joined by Radhika Subramaniam, Associate Professor at The New School’s Parsons School of Design, and Daniel Hellman, a Swiss artist and animal liberation activist also known as Soya the Cow. In a discussion moderated by Caroline Dionne of Parsons, Hellman and Subramaniam will share their uniquely situated perspectives as practitioners working in Switzerland and the US, and explore the different lenses through which they approach their practice.

Lens of Impact is a joint initiative between Swissnex and the School of Art and Design History and Theory (ADHT) of Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York. The monthly event series invites Swiss and US-based speakers to engage in a cross-cultural discourse on art and design.


  • 12:15pm – Doors open
  • 12:30pm – Introductions
  • 12:45pm – Moderated conversation
  • 1:30pm – Open discussion
  • 2:00pm – End

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Parsons’ School of Art and Design History and Theory (ADHT) at The New School

  • The New School