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THE JOURNAL OF NATURE

IN VISUAL CULTURE

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THE JOURNAL OF NATURE IN VISUAL CULTURE

I see theater as a kind of pressure-chamber in which ideas can be expressed and tested. There is a certain kind of thinking that can happen within the structure of academia. But I don’t think that academic institutions and structures allow for things like unknowledge, obscureness, and mystery to play important roles.

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

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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

 

The contributions gathered in the third volume of 'Vegetal Entanglements'—a tryptic entirely dedicated to plants in art and culture—focus on the inextricable, actual, and metaphorical links that bind plants, ecosystems, and humans. In this issue, the interconnectedness that characterizes plant lives is explored through a variety of media and approaches designed to foreground vegetal alterity. What role does anthropomorphism play in human-plant relations?

How can we approach plant alterity in ways that bypass objectification? How can plants help us build fairer and more sustainable futures? These are only some of the many questions addressed in this issue.

 

As always, I’d like to thank everyone involved in making this issue—from the wonderful contributors to those who generously lent their time to peer review, proofread, and assist along the way. This issue of Antennae is dedicated to Lois Weinberger (1947-2020).

 

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DOUGFOG GIOVANNIALOI GRAHAMHARMAN CAROLINEPICARD  

LYNNTURNER

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HENRIKHÅKANSSON ANDREWYANG ERWINDRIESSENS

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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

 

 

 

Abbas Akhavan |Giovanni Aloi

Bergit Arends | Marc Beattie

Honor Beddard | Emily Eastgate Brink  

Aaron Delehanty | Mario A. Di Gregorio  

Mark Dion | Maria P. Gindhart

Isabella Kirkland | Maria Lux  | Lorraine Simms Regan Shrumm | Tamsen Young

Doug Young

 

 

AND MANY MORE

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THE JOURNAL OF NATURE

IN VISUAL CULTURE

vegetal entanglements

ISSUE 53 — SPRING 2021

 

 

IN THIS ISSUE —  Martin Bartelmus | Jean Marie Carey | Bruno Côrte | Cyprian Gaillard | Carsten Holler | Manuela Infante | Noura Al Khasawneh | Shaun Matthews | Stefano Mancuso | Mike Maunder | Junko Mikuriya | Alexander Moore | Egle Oddo |  Raksha Patel | Katrin Petroschkat | Anna Ridler | Dawn Sanders | Vivien Sansour | Basak Senova | Bahia Shehab | Niki Sperou | Cole Swanson | Franziska Weinberger | Lois Weinberger

 

Dr. GIOVANNI ALOI

Editor in Chief of AntennaeProject

34 essays and interviews

featuring key contemporary artists and scholars

329 pages

202 illustrations

 

MANUELA INFANTE

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MICHAEL McCLURE: MEAT THYSELF

by Stefan Benz

 

Unearthed: Photography’s Roots at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London is the first exhibition to trace the history of photography as told through depictions of nature, revealing how

the subject led to key advancements in the medium, from its very beginnings in 1840 to present day.  MORE >>

 

At the center of Lois Weinberger’swork is the idea of a garden as a “perfect temporary territory” in marginal areas. Their focus has

always been on biodiversity and the interaction between the binding forces of cultural growth and nature.  MORE >>

 

Lois Weinberger: Fieldwork

Text: Franziska Weinberger

Images: Lois Weiberger

 

Unearthed:

Photography’s Roots

Giovanni Aloi interviews Alexander Moore

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The Chronicles of Flowers is a personal document of Bahia Shehab’s longlasting relationship with flowers. In the spring of 2011, when Shehab

broke her left knee, her mother came from Beirut to nurse her in Cairo. Every morning, she created a flower arrangement from the garden next to Shehab’s bed.  MORE >>

 

Bahia Shehab:

The Chronicles of Flowers

Text and images: Bahia Shehab

 

This series of works explore ideas of renewal and decay. We are presented with oval shaped paintings; works that mirror the size of our faces, whilst challenging the traditions of portraiture. Heads are replaced with a variety of

leaves, each bearing antromorphic qualities.  MORE >>

 

Raksha Patel: Air Heads

Text and images: Raksha Patel

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Ununkraut is an offline/online artwork and cyber-alchem- ical research on human-plant relations by Katrin Petrosch- kat. It focuses so called “weeds” and the human-plant relations that term entails.  MORE >>

 

Katrin Petroschkat

UNUNKRAUT

Text and images: Katrin Petroschkat

UNNAKURAT

 

Seeded with texts from both fiction and ecological science, a timeframe is constructed in which emergent plant life, in a domestic garden, is placed in counterpoint to the ending of a human life. Thus, this work experiments with a vegetal/human encounter formed using “moments of being” and “sensedata” as an entangled assemblage between a domestic garden and a man experiencing the last weeks of his life.  MORE >>

 

The Flowerless Ones:

A Vegetal/Human Encounter

Text: Dawn Sanders

 

In Cyprian Gaillard’s) 3D film Nightlife (2015) trees play the leading role. Especially in the context of video art, trees are not sculptures, because they grow and are no immobilized

dead artefacts.  MORE >>

 

Time-based trees:

A sequel to animated

Text: Martin Bartelmus

Images: Cyprian Gaillard

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The French sociologist and Surrealist renegade Roger Caillois is known for his writings on mimicry. Caillois defines mimicry as a “dangerous luxury of nature”, thus setting himself apart from Darwinian evolutionary

theory.  MORE >>

 

Vivien Sansour is the founder of the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library. Trained in the field of Anthropology, Vivien worked with farmers

worldwide on issues relating to agriculture and independence.  MORE >>

 

Vivien Sansour:

The Seeds of Change

Noura Al Khasawneh interviews

Vivien Sansour

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explorations embodies a simple idea, to reduce our physical and emotional disconnection from

Aotearoa New Zealand’s natural environment and re-establish native flora’s importance and uniqueness.  MORE >>

 

explorations

Text and images: Shaun Matthews

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Earth Voice: Plant Blindness, magic, and Art

Text: Prudence Gibson

Images: Maria Fernanda Cardoso

 

Internationally acclaimed artist Carsten Höller and plant neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso

have collaborated on The Florence Experiment, a project enabling the study of the interaction between human beings and plants.  MORE >>

 

Carsten Holler & Stefano

Mancuso: The Florence Experiment

Text and images: Carsten Höller and Stefano Mancuso

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Since its first staging in 2016, Manuela Infante’s riveting piece of experimental performance, Estado Vegetal, has been celebrated as the kind of groundbreaking type of performance that aptly reflects the

preoccupations of anthropogenic times. In Estado Vegetal, plants are simultaneously form, content, and essence.  MORE >>

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Anna Ridler:

A Contemporary Tulpenmanie

Jean Marie Carey interviews Anna Ridler

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Bruno Côrte’s work addresses human-plant relationships through the proximity and intimacy of vegetal manipulations. A forager and collector of plants, Côrte re-envision the vegetal form through process and mani-pulations that allude to human-vegetal transhistorical continuities and inter-dependencies.  MORE>>

 

Becoming Plant: A Supplement to Roger Caillois’s compendium

of ‘le fantastique

naturel’

Text: Junko Theresa Mikuriya

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Extremophiles: The Act of

Performative Habitat

Text: Egle Oddo and Basak Senova

Images: Egle Oddo

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The Empire and The Hissing Folly

Text and images: Cole Swanson

 

Bruno Côrte:

Vegetal Materialities 

Text and images: Bruno Côrte

 

Manuela Infante:

Estado Vegetal

Giovanni Aloi interviews Manuela Infante

 

Vegetal organisms are potent metaphors for bio-political concerns within my arts practice. Plants are manipulated in their various forms; whole plants, cut flowers, sprouted seeds, extracts, and plant cell tissue culture in an aseptic medium. Chimeric interfaces; plants entwined with fleshy matrices, proved to be uncanny predictions for future technologies and ecological interconnection.  MORE >>

 

Hybrid Fruit: cross-breeding botany, art and science 

Text and images: Niki Sperou

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