ANTENNAE

THE JOURNAL OF NATURE IN VISUAL CULTURE

 

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This paper explores André Bazin’s interest in animals as a concealed aesthetic of cuteness. Drawing upon the writings of Sianne Ngai, I explore the ways in which Bazin’ s affection for animals embraced a mode of looking at animals that involved surrender to them and mastery over them, a cyclical “boomeranging of affect”.  MORE >>

Through comparison with other non-CGI representations of dogs in film that resist easy separation of canine realities and human histories, thisessay explores a third possibility, namely that its powerful multitude, revealed as multispecies in the final scene, is instead a productive confusion meant to push visioning forward into more livable worlds for people and animals together.  MORE >>

Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture

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Antennae is a peer-reviewed, non-funded, independent, quarterly academic journal. All rights of featured content of website and PDF publication are reserved. Editor in Chief: Giovanni Aloi. 2017

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

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The centrality of animals to the history of film, and the particular powers and properties of the animal image on film require no introduction. This issue of Antennae gathers essays and interviews that critically address the role of animals in contemporary and avant-garde film; filmmakers’ approaches and perspectives and why they choose to work with the animal subject matter in the first place; how filmmakers conceive of animals both symbolically and in relation to the technical challenges they pose (and indeed the extent to which these two are interrelated); and different kinds of filmmaking, whether amateur or professional, that work on the cusp between art and science, and art and politics.

 

Fade In/Fade Out was co-edited in collaboration with animal studies veteran Jonathan Burt, who authored some of the most influential writings on the roles animals play in films. In Animals in Film (2002), Burt pointed out that the mobility of animals presented technical and conceptual challenges to early film-makers, the solutions of which were an important factor in advancing photographic technology, accelerating the speed of both film and camera.

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DIANA THATER: THE SYMPATHETIC IMAGINATION

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

ANGELASINGER

 

 

CAROL J ADAMS

SUZANNE ANKER

JONATHAN BIRTH

DOROTHY CROSS

CARSTON HOLLAR

GARY HUME

OLEG KULIG

ROSEMARYTROCCO

PAULINE OLIVERO

PETER SINGER

LOISWAINTERBER

CARY WOLFE

 

 

 

Anthony Abiragi • Giovanni Aloi  

André Bazin • Jonathan Burt  

Cynthia Chris • Claire Denis

Emmanuel Gras  • Camille Henrot Pierre Huyghe • Tessa Laird

Susan McHugh • Laurel McLaughlin Neozoon • Kristoffer Noheden Guillemette Odicino • Jean Painlevé   Belinda Smaill • Jan Švankmajer Diana Thater • PD Young   

AND MANY MORE

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ANTENNAE

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THE JOURNAL OF NATURE

IN VISUAL CULTURE

AVAILABLE NOW

FADE IN / FADE OUT

ISSUE 42 — WINTER 2017

The early filming of animals also marked one of the most significant and far-reaching changes in the history of animalrepresentation, and has largely determined the way animals have been visualized in the twentiethcentury. The book also focused on the extraordinary relation-ship between animals, cinema, andphotography and the technological developments and challenges posed by the animal as a specifickind of moving object.

 

It is in this context that Jonathan Burt and I have selected specific artists and scholars for the purpose of mapping the contemporary complexities that characterize animals and the moving image, from experimental, to art-house, and mainstream productions.

 

The main aim of this issue is therefore that of providing an overview of the role of the animal film-image in recent years and also to assesswhether the proliferation of the literature on animals and culture of the last two decades has had an influence on animal representation in the moving image.

FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE

DR. GIOVANNI ALOI

Editor in Chief of Antennae Project

Interview by Giovanni Aloi

For almost three decades Diana Thater’s video work has been relentlessly pushing the boundaries of animal representation, challenging the idiom of the filmed image, and reconfiguring the specific conventions of cinematic genres.  MORE >>

PIERRE HUYGHE’S UNTITLED (HUMAN MASK):

THE “OTHER” IN THE “OPEN”

by Laurel McLaughlin

Pierre Huyghe’s video Untitled (Human Mask), 2014 presents the performance of a masked macaque within a post-apocalyptic landscape.  MORE >>

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FROM UNDERDOG TO OVERVIEW

by Tessa Laird

This paper examines four experimental short films by the multi-disciplinary artist Camille Henrot. Film Spatial (2007) is a textural exploration of haptic visuality and perspectivism from the p.o.v. of Balkis the dog.  MORE >>

NEOZOON: A YOUTUBE ZOOPRA XISCOPE

Interview by Giovanni Aloi

With the growing popularity of social media and the availability of digital video recording equip-ment becoming more ubiquitous and portable, new private/public human/animal relationships have become visible online.  MORE >>

4a. neozoon

JAN ŠVANKMAJER'S URREALISM AND DARK ECOLOGY

by Kristoffer Noheden

This essay examines depictions of animals in films by the contemporary Czech surrealist artist Jan Švankmajer. Švankmajer works in extension of a rich surrealist tradition of questioning anthropocentrism and human exceptionalism.  MORE >>

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ENCOUNTERING ANIMALS: RE-VIEWING THE CINEMA OF JEAN PAINLEVÉ

by Kristoffer Noheden

This essay examines depictions of animals in films by the contemporary Czech surrealist artist Jan Švankmajer. Švankmajer works in extension of a rich surrealist tradition of questioning anthropocentrism and human exceptionalism.  MORE >>

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by Emmanuel Gras / Translated by Laura McMahon

In an interview with Guillemette Odicino, French film maker Emmanuel Gras offers a ‘director’s commentary’ on Bovines ou la vraie vie des vaches/ The True Life of Cows (2012), a one-hour documentary about a herd of Charolais beef cows that eschews the classical narrative structures of nature documentaries, deploying long takes without any voice-over commentary.  MORE >>

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CINEMATIC TIME IN BESTIAIRE D BOVINE

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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 >>

10 one

by Susan McHugh

ONE OR SEVERAL DOGS?

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An interpretation of Claire Denis’ The Intruder (2004), this paper examines the concept of sovereignty as the withdrawal of one’s “life” from its distribution in networks of fellow agents, actors, and media.  MORE >>

by Anthony Abiragi

THE SOVEREIGN’S MULTIPLE BODY

9a zoo

by PD Young

A ZOO WITHOUT WALLS: ANDRÉ BAZIN’S ANIMALS

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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

34 ESSAYS and INTERVIEWS

FEATURING KEY CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS

and SCHOLARS

329 PAGES, 202 ILLUSTRATIONS

NOW IN PRINT

"I don’t wish to be pessimistic

but this paradox cannot be resolved until we settle the fundamental ambivalence of human cultures towards animals, precisely as exemplified by the ontology of the animal film image."

JONATHAN BURT

Co-Editor, Issue 42

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THE INTERSECTION of PHOTOGRAPHY and ANIMALITY

EXPOSING ANIMALS

EXPLORE ISSUE 41

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COMING SOON

ISSUE 43 — SPRING 2018

MARCH 21

 

 

 

 

"In this issue we map the contemporary complexities that characterize animals and the moving image, from experimental, to art-house, and mainstream productions."

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DIANA THATER:

THE SYMPATHETIC IMAGINATION

Interview by Giovanni Aloi

1. sympathetic

Pierre Huyghe’s video Untitled (Human Mask), 2014 presents the performance of a masked macaque within a post-apocalyptic landscape.  MORE >>

PIERRE HUYGHE’S

UNTITLED (HUMAN MASK):

THE “OTHER” IN THE “OPEN”

 

by Laurel McLaughlin

This paper examines four experimental short films by the multi-disciplinary artist Camille Henrot. Film Spatial (2007) is a textural exploration of haptic visuality and perspecti-vism from the p.o.v. of Balkis the dog.  MORE >>

FROM UNDERDOG TO OVERVIEW

by Tessa Laird

4a. neozoon

Through comparison with other non-CGI representations of dogs in film that resist easy separation of canine realities and human histories, this essay explores a third possibility, namely that its powerful multitude, revealed as multispecies in the final scene, is instead a productive confusion meant to push visioning forward into more livable worlds for people and animals together.  MORE >>

ONE OR SEVERAL DOGS?

by Susan McHugh

8 wounded

An interpretation of Claire Denis’ The Intruder (2004), this paper examines the concept of sovereignty as the withdrawal of one’s “life” from its distribution in networks of fellow agents, actors, and media.  MORE >>

THE SOVEREIGN’S

MULTIPLE BODY

by Anthony Abiragi

2. pierre 11a sovereign

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 >>

WOUNDED: THE DIGITAL ANIMAL AND DEATH ON SCREEN

by Cynthia Chris

3. underdog

With the growing popularity of social media and the availability of digital video recording equip-ment becoming more ubiquitous and portable, new private/public human/animal relationships have become visible online.  MORE >>

NEOZOON:

A YOUTUBE ZOOPRAXISCOPE

Interview by Giovanni Aloi

A growing body of scholarship has attended to Jean Painlevé’s significant body of short films, elaborating on his contribution to surrealism, science film and French history, and theoretical traditions.  MORE >>

ENCOUNTERING ANIMALS: RE-VIEWING THE CINEMA OF

JEAN PAINLEVÉ

by Kristoffer Noheden

9a zoo

This paper explores André Bazin’s interest in animals as a concealed aesthetic of cuteness. Drawing upon the writings of Sianne Ngai, we explore the ways in which Bazin’ s affection for animals embraced a mode of looking at animals that involved surrender to them and mastery over them, a cyclical “boomeranging of affect”.  MORE >>

A ZOO WITHOUT WALLS: ANDRÉ BAZIN’S ANIMALS

by PD Young

7 cinematic

In an interview with Guillemette Odicino, French film maker Emmanuel Gras offers a ‘director’s commentary’ on Bovines ou la vraie vie des vaches/ The True Life of Cows (2012), a one-hour documentary about a herd of Charolais beef cows that eschews the classical narrative structures of nature documentaries, deploying long takes without any voice-over commentary.  MORE >>

CINEMATIC TIME

IN BESTIAIRE  AND BOVINE

by Emmanuel Gras

Translated by Laura McMahon

5a jan

This essay examines depictions of animals in films by the contemporary Czech surrealist artist Jan Švankmajer. Švankmajer works in extension of a rich surrealist tradition of questioning anthropocentrism and human exceptionalism.  MORE >>

JAN ŠVANKMAJER'S SURREALISM AND DARK ECOLOGY

by Kristoffer Noheden

6 encountering

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ISSUE 43 — SPRING 2018

MARCH 21

 

 

 

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