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MULTISPECIES BECOMINGS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

While working towards this collection of papers for publication in Antennae, I became aware that there is a spectrum of familiarity with the quantum physics theory behind Karen Barad’s concept of Intra-action amongst the contributors. Yet all of the artists who exhibited for the Intra-action exhibition and authors who have contributed to this collection have practices that can contribute significantly to thinking with multispecies aesthetics and Karen Barad’s Agential Realism. By way of explanation on how this group of likeminded humans came together, I offer here firstly a personal account of the trajectory of this investigation as a foreword to collection.

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If eco-ruination is imminent, then our human to non-human relationships are changed by that threat, affecting how we might adopt trans-species sympathies. In this paper we aim to present an after-finitude aesthetic, via an analysis of Janet Laurence’s eco-artwork Fugitive. We discuss care and caution as a purposeful abandonment of a human-centered view, in favor of a broader multi-species awareness. Artists and writers can adapt to changed ontological conditions by articulating a point of aesthetic care that occurs where many species meet and agency becomes an expanded and emerging enactment. This paper, informed by Karen Barad’s theories, places Laurence’s Fugitive within the critical framework of the ruination of nature and of the emergence of a queer performativity.   more>>

The zoocentrism that has more recently characterized the rapid development of animal studies has in many ways been productive, but perhaps inadvertently, it has also replaced one centric system with another, substantially bypassing the scientific and philosophical theories that have marked the past fifteen years. As it can be clearly seen by casting an eye on Antennae’s past issues, many of our contributions have already posed questions related to plants, and bacteria, whilst some have nurtured a soft spot for those animals who cannot return the gaze, or that do not ontologically clearly fit any group or species. In brief, expanding our domain of enquiry has always been central to Antennae. It is from this perspective that with this issue, the journal embarks on a new and challenging year-long project focusing on the emerging theories of new materialism, multispecies ethnography, bioart, and environmental concern. This project is titled Beyond Animal Studies and it begins with the publication of two installments dedicated to multispecies-Intra-action: new ways of thinking multispecies aesthetics through Karen Barad’s agential realism, co-edited with artist/curator Madeleine Boyd. This first offering will be followed by an issue edited by artists and theorists Suzanne Anker and Sabine Flach focusing on the proceedings of an exciting conference dedicated to bioart titled Naturally Hypernatural that took place in New York in November 2014. Whilst the last segment of this publishing project will comprise two issues on art and environment that will be made available in December 2015 and March 2016.  more >>

 

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JANET LAURENCE: AESTHETICS OF CARE

Madeleine Boyd

 

Prue Gibson, Janet Laurence

This paper reflects on a postal game/art project called Blackbox Intra-actions. The project was designed as a conversation among people thinking through things we call animals and humans.  more>>

Craig Campbell

The full title of this essay is Karen Barad’s Intra-active Agential Realism: Towards a Performative Multispecies Aesthetics. Here Madeline Boyd introduces Barad’s main strands of argument and highlights some of the potentialities at stake in these perspectives with regards to art.

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TOWARDS A PERFORMATIVE MULTISPECIES AESTHETICS

Madeleine Boyd

FIONA WOODS:

ANIMAL OPERA

Woods returns to the gallery, where the sound element is crucial

 

 

by Michaele Cutaya

THE SCANDAL of the

SINGING DOG

The historically complex interspecies relationship developed over a millennia between Human and Bee species is charted,  and  the ever shifting metaphors of governance and social organisation that the Bee colony has provided is examined.

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Madeleine Boyd, Hyden Fowler, Louise Fowler-Smith, and Elizabeth Gervay

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Balthazar is a long-term artistic research project by David Weber-Krebs (director), Maximilian Haas (dramaturgy/theory) that explores our cultural relationship with animals using the means of theater. The project consists of a series of three performance productions and a book. 

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During the final days of the Intra-action exhibition, artists Hyden Fowler, Louise Fowler-Smith, and Elizabeth Gervay gathered together with an audience of keen gallery goers, to discuss the matters of ‘multispecies art practice’ with Madeleine Boyd. These artists had been invited to exhibit in Intra-action: Multispecies Becomings in the Anthropocene because of their existing bodies of work around human relationships with other species.  

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FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY

STING LIKE A BEE

Nigel Helyer

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The idea explicated in and through practice suggests intra-action as a performative and mutable idea within a permutable frame of reference. This is instantiated as molecular painterly intra-actions via a Bioart tableau, The Transposon. This intraaction assumes a permutable form of materialism in line with Barad’s thinking it assumes relational, rather than absolutes in terms of agencies (as material idea) entanglements. Here, it engages non-human agencies at both micro and molecular material levels as ready-re made biological paint media ostensibly portraying Duchamp. The effect is a conceptual reorientation of ostensibly inert DNA materials becoming de-stabled within a permutable genomic matrix, i.e. transposon and transposable painting.

Andre Brodyk

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