Flesh, Bones, and Meat: Approaching the Becoming-Cow in Julio Medem’s Cows


This paper takes as the starting point the lifelong obsession of the protagonist for the cow that further introduces an uncanny relationship of symbiosis between man, cow, and camera in Julio Medem’s Cows/Vacas (1992). Enlightened by Deleuze’s and Guattari’s writings on becoming- animal in A Thousand Plateaus (1980) and Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation (1981), this paper explores how moving images depict this strange entanglement between the cow and the protagonist as well as three generations of two families in a way that resonates with Deleuzo- Guattarian becoming-animal. In particular, this paper examines how cinematic devices present the human body and animal body in an intriguing and deconstructive way and how the camera continuously switches between the points of view of human, cow, and camera in Cows. By employing a delicate close reading of moving images, this paper argues that Cows exemplifies the embodiment of Deleuzo-Guattarian becoming-animal in cinema by virtue of cinematic devices and further presents a becoming-vasca (Basque) by providing an alternative beyond- human perspective to revisit Basque history and identity.

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Xi Li, Hong Kong Baptist University, China

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Conference: ACAH2023
Stream: Media

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To cite this article:
Li X. (2023) Flesh, Bones, and Meat: Approaching the Becoming-Cow in Julio Medem’s Cows ISSN: 2186-229X – The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities 2023 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2186-229X.2023.17
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2186-229X.2023.17

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