Filipa Ramos is a writer and lecturer based in London. She is Curator of Art Basel Film. Her research looks at human’s engagement with animals in the contexts of art and artists’ cinema. Her writing has been published in magazines and books worldwide. With Andrea Lissoni she founded and curates Vdrome, a programme of screenings of artists’ films. She is Lecturer at the MRes Arts at Central Saint Martins, London, and the Master Programme of the Arts Institute of Basel. She was Editor in Chief of art-agenda, Associate Editor of Manifesta Journal and contributed for Documenta 13 (2012) and 14 (2017). She edited Animals (Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press, 2016) and curated the group exhibition ‘Animalesque’ (Bildmuseet Umeå, Summer 2019, and BALTIC, Gateshead, Winter 2019/20). She curates the symposia series ‘The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish’ with Lucia Pietroiusti for the Serpentine Galleries.
In this essay, curator Filipa Ramos dwells on the agency of SARS-CoV-2 as a way to envisage a harmonious attunement between the living and non-living forces of our planet.