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ANTENNAE

THE JOURNAL OF NATURE IN VISUAL CULTURE

 

ANTENNAE

THE JOURNAL OF NATURE

IN VISUAL CULTURE

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Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture

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Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture

Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture

Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture

Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture

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Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture

Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture

Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture

Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture

Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture

Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture

From canvases and layers of paint, to classical and new materialities in contemporary art, surfaces have always played important and yet unacknowledged roles. Surfaces are slivers of materiality upon which we evaluate and judge everything around us. Surfaces are ultimately defined by our gaze—the only are the outermost layer of things as far we can perceive them as such. Dissection of human and animal bodies only goes deeper into matter constantly revealing new surfaces in the form of tendons, muscles, bones. And even when the flesh is sliced open, the process only multiplies surfaces for us to see.

 

Thin objects, like leaves or photographs appear to be essentially constituted by surfaces whilst in others, surfaces conceal a depth they have been grafted upon; they are veneers. Veneers claim membership to economic or historical realities that are extrinsic to the mass of the object they envelop. The deceit of the senses they operate, exclusively plays out upon on a superficial level. l.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DONNA HARAWAY

"Antennae Ten is replete with quirky, generative engagements with many of the most influential figures in the last ten amazing years of irreverent, passionate, ethically brave, artfully innovative work for and with the critters of terra, living and dead."

DOUGFOG GIOVANNIALOI GRAHAMHARMAN CAROLINEPICARD  

LYNNTURNER

RONBROGLIO KATHYHIGH JESSICAULLRICH

HENRIKHÅKANSSON ANDREWYANG ERWINDRIESSENS

MARIAVERSTAPPEN

KENRINALDO MUSTAFASABBAGH CECILIANOVERO DOROTHYCROSS

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CAROL J ADAMS

SUZANNE ANKER

JONATHAN BIRTH

DOROTHY CROSS

CARSTON HOLLAR

GARY HUME

OLEG KULIG

ROSEMARYTROCCO

PAULINE OLIVERO

PETER SINGER

LOISWAINTERBER

CARY WOLFE

 

 

 

MARTIN BARTELMUS  • MICHAELA BÜSSE

NATHAN FLORSHEIM • LIZAN FREIJSEN C.W. HOUSER • ANNA KELL

FRÖYDI LASZLO • RAEWYN MARTYN KONSTANTIN MITROKHOV

LYNN MOWSON  • REBECCA NAJDOWSKI

KEN RINALDO • COLE SWANSON

AND MANY MORE

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ANTENNAE

THE JOURNAL OF NATURE

IN VISUAL CULTURE

NOW AVAILABLE

MATTER MATTERS

ISSUE 45 — AUTUMN 2018

More recently, an interest in the materiality of object has arisen in philosophical and art historical discourses where the need to reconstitute the presence of an embodied human within a material world has become more and more pressing. Similarly, to Speculative Realism, New Materialism aims to link current ethical and political concerns related to science and technology—climate change, global capital, population flows, biotechnological engineering, and the digital, wireless, and virtual prosthetics that make our lives what they are today. Thinking materialities in new ways thus entails surpassing Cartesian conceptions of matter and the dualisms that conceived nature as a quantifiable and measurable entity that can be subjugated. Simultaneously, new developments in contemporary art, theory and criticism, have posed new critical questions about the neglect of materiality that has characterized art history.

 

The current issue of Antennae is dedicated entirely to surfaces while the second instalment that will follow focuses on more heterogeneous notions of materiality. As per every issue, we have attempted to map new territories by juxtaposing works of art and texts that creatively provide opportunities to rethink surfaces in the context of non-human agency and the anthropocene.

 

FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE

DR. GIOVANNI ALOI

Editor in Chief of Antennae Project

This text revisits Artaud and Derrida’s under-standings of the subjectile to understand symbiotic relations within surfaces of biofilms and artworks. Interfaces within the geosphere and the sea surface are placed in analogy with the subjectile and are used to explore the role of surface active agents (surfactants) within surface transformations..  MORE >>

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by Cynthia Chris

WOUNDED: THE DIGITAL ANIMAL AND DEATH ON SCREEN

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This essay argues that the digital animal is more narrative cipher than cognitive avatar, less bête noir than blank slate for the human imagination,including our cruelty.  MORE >>

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A DECADE of COMMENTARY, CONTROVERSY and CONVERSATION EXAMINING the NON-HUMAN

ANTENNAE TEN

Antennae Ten documents the non-human turn which has so pronouncedly characterized the cultural discourses of the new millennium, is most definitely going to shape the course of our troubled future with the planet. Featuring the voices and work of some of the most influential artists and scholars involved in the subject of the non-human and visual cultures, this collection is an unorthodox reference point, a verbatim account of the main ideas and movements, and an archive of original documents indispensable to tracing the intersections and origins of anthropogenic discourses.

34 ESSAYS and INTERVIEWS

FEATURING KEY CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS

and SCHOLARS

329 PAGES, 202 ILLUSTRATIONS

NOW IN PRINT

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COMING SOON

ISSUE 43 — SPRING 2018

MARCH 21

 

 

 

 

"In moisture stains and fungi one can see maps of continents and vast oceans."

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SURFACE ACTIVE AGENTS

Text and images by Raewyn Martyn

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Surfacing is a camera-less project that explores the materiality of photomedia and the potential for a new kind of landscape photography. The work seeks to disrupt the indexical and pictorial conventions of landscape photography by making pictures “with” rather than “of” the environment — using natural phenomena in Iceland as both the subject of and the means to create artworks. MORE >>

SURFACING

Text and images by Rebecca Najdowski

In the book Matter in Motion and the Mysticism of Nature´s Colour- the Art of Jeanette Schäring we are presented to a body of work, combining traditional knowledge of dyeing with plants, environmentalism and contemporary artistic research. By foregrounding the processual character of nature’s colours, Schäring opens her work to a contemporary discussion involving new-materialist thinking, interspecies communication and ethical reflection. MORE >>

MATTER IN MOTION AND THE MYSTICISM OF NATURE’S COLOUR

Text and images by Fröydi Laszlo

In this short essay, time and history frame a discussion about the legibility of surfaces and the images or marks we find there. While the surface is often imagined in its most idealistic and pristine form, Kell focuses on the surface aberration, or flaw, to discuss how we make meaning with façades. MORE >>

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Text and Images by Anna Kell

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The Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago is designed to emulate various climates from around the world and perfectly exemplifies the intersection between our natural and synthetic worlds. The idea of a “conservatory” is an interesting paradox. It attempts to bring us closer to nature, but the faux landscape highlights our distance.  MORE >>

ARTEFACTUAL SURFACES

Text and Images by Nathan Florsheim

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Interface Creep is a short collaborative fiction piece based on an exploration of the virtual space offered by Apple Maps that investigates mapping as algorithmic knowledge production. The narrative takes a post-anthropogenic point of view with sensing, processing, interpreting of aerial imagery mainly done by and for machines.  MORE >>

INTERFACE CREEP

Text and Images by Konstantin Mitrokhov and Michaela Busse

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Artist and designer Lizan Freijsen is fascinated by stains, fungi and mildew. By turning moisture stains into textiles, Lizan Freijsen focuses on these blind-spots and visualizes their complex beauty. The Living Surface: An Alternative Biology Book on Stains by Lizan Freijsen gives an overview of her extensive photo-archive with a wide-range of categories of traces of decay, and a selection of her unique hand-made carpets, tapestries and blankets produced in the last eight years.  MORE >>

THE LIVING SURFACE

Giovanni Aloi interviews Lizan Freijsen

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This essay discusses a non-anthropocentric approach towards aesthetics examining the intriguing appearance of Butterflies’ in art and theory. Starting with Walter Benjamin’s childhood experience moving to Roger Caillois valorisation of butterfly wings as art and ending with Lacan’s investigation of the eye and the gaze, it reviews recent theories of materiality with regard to animals, surface and gaze.  MORE >>

BUTTERFLY EFFECTS: TOWARDS AN ANIMATED AESTHETICS

Text by Martin Bartelmus

In Lecanora Muralis, Cole Swanson examines how colonial systems and biological processes become agential in the transformation of art and architecture. Situated on the edge of an Atlantic rainforest in Ilhabela, Brazil, Swanson’s mural traces the surface of a colonial laborer’s quarters. MORE >>

LECANORA MURALIS

Text and Images by Cole Swanson

COMING SOON

ISSUE 46 — WINTER 2018

DECEMBER 21

 

 

 

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LIZAN FREIJSEN

ANNA KELL

"If we look at the very cutting edge of the surface designs of our time, perhaps we can diagnose the madness of the present."

KEN RINALDO

"Human beings...are now multiplicitous clouds of microbial

selves, occupying our interior and exteriors in an exquisite co-evolved human/microbial

embrace."

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Working sculpturally in wax and latex lynn mowson creates surfaces and forms that are evocative of human-animal flesh and skin. In blurring mammalian bodies she attempts to counter mammalian hierarchies and seeks an embodied response.  MORE >>

SKIN AND FLESH

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Artist Ken Rinaldo explores the many consequences of bacteria living on money in his project titled Borderless Bacteria/Colonialist Cash. Rinaldo cultured microbes on agar plates containing banknotes from currencies around the world that were collected at the inter-national border at the Lisbon Airport.  MORE >>

BORDERLESS BACTERIA / COLONIALIST CASH

Text and Images by Ken Rinaldo

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Holes is a series of photographs that examines small ordinary drains found in the walls of subway stations in the remote neighborhoods of New York. Dirty and battered, the Holes and their surround surfaces reveal that maintenance and repair are low priorities in these lesser used stations, despite the fact that some areas of the subway system have improved dramatically in recent decades. While New York continues to be considered emblematic of a modernist spirit, the Holes signify a number of dichotomies within late capitalist culture on a multitude levels. MORE >>

HOLES: THE SEMIOTICS OF URBAN DETRITUS AND DECAY

Text and images by C.W. Houser

Text by lynn mowson

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