ANTENNAE

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

While the previous installment of Antennae lingered on the “surface of things”, the current gets straight to the heart of the matter. Across thirteen original contributions, this issue explores the newly emerging complexities that materiality poses to the creative sphere. New Materialism has certainly brought artists and scholars to challenge our anthropocentric conceptions of materiality and this new  decentralizing philosophical wave is now substantially reshaping artistic practices. Artists more carefully consider the essence of the materials they choose to work with. They want to know about the histories of these materials, their past heritage, and present signification within the context of contemporary politics in the knowledge that these aspects will play important roles in the meaning of their work.

 

Somewhat unpredictably, some of the best submissions we received came from artists and scholars working with the written and spoken word. Writing, reading, breathing, and vibrating leadthe way to new conceptions of materiality in art. From Rebecca Beachy’s existentialist questions about the relationship between materiality,  form, and symbolism, through

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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

ANGELASINGER

 

 

CAROL J ADAMS

SUZANNE ANKER

JONATHAN BIRTH

DOROTHY CROSS

CARSTON HOLLAR

GARY HUME

OLEG KULIG

ROSEMARYTROCCO

PAULINE OLIVERO

PETER SINGER

LOISWAINTERBER

CARY WOLFE

 

 

 

Rebecca Beachy • Stefan Benz

Catherine Clover • Patrizia Costantin  Fiona Curran • Taru Elfving

Cat Hope • Anna Kowalik

Jonathan W. Marshall • Eleanor Morgan mirko nikolić • Claire Parkinson

Liza Prins • Marta Smolińska

Xavier Villafranca • Giovanni Aloi

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THE JOURNAL OF NATURE

IN VISUAL CULTURE

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MATTER MATTERS 

ISSUE 46 — WINTER 2018

through Marta Smolińska’s focus on plastic as emblem of our particular socio-ecological milieu, to the depths of digital decay explored in Patrizia Costantin’s essay, this issue of Antennae provides many opportunities to re-think materiality at a time of uncertainty.

 

As always, our gratitude goes to all the artists and scholars who have made this issue possible through their dedication, patience, and care.

 

FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE

DR. GIOVANNI ALOI

Editor in Chief of Antennae Project

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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

"Lion, dinosaur, hippopotamus, dog, beetle, crocodile, fish, rhinoceros, elephant, bird, and dragonfly – all the plastic creatures, companions of someone’s childhood, meet one another on canvas, inextricably intertwined with the organic world which absorbs them as if they were another kind of organic matter, which they are not."

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ISSUE 43 — SPRING 2018

MARCH 21

 

 

 

 

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

MICHAEL McCLURE: MEAT THYSELF

by Stefan Benz

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READING ALOUD MATTERS

Text and Images by Catherine Clover

This is an experimental essay in critical-creative spirit, a document of intra-action between the two of us, and many other bodies. It began with arts, ecologies & new materialisms micro-symposium: "facing the inhuman", which mirko organised within their exhibition, for which Taru developed a text partially in response to the performance and the installation. Subsequently, following the multispecies practice of breathing as a common territory, we proceeded entangling thoughts around vegetal-being and our multiple belongings and affiliations within this world of matter, and relationship of our artistic and curatorial practices with it.   MORE>>

EXPERIMENTS IN BREATHING, CONTAGIOUS

Text and Images by Taru Elfving with

mirko nikoli

This essay explores the relationship between touching and seeing through the lens of phenomenological experience, framed by the concepts of embodied visuality, haptic and optical images. It argues for the usefulness of the approach for thinking critically about human-animal relationships and the affective mediated experience of other subjectivities. With a focus on ‘touch’ it uses the 2017 Netflix film Okja to consider the sensual relationship between ‘subjective matter’ and the onscreen animal body. It discusses the different types of touch present in Okja and the processes of identification in terms of primary engagement with the sense and sensibility of materiality.  MORE >>

ANIMAL BODIES AND EMBODIED VISUALITY

Text and images by Claire Parkinson

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Rebecca Beachy is one of the most interesting and original up-and-coming contemporary artists in Chicago. Her practice invites a heightened level of attention for the subtleties involved in our relationship with the materialities of the natural world. An expert taxidermist, Beachy has cultivated a keen interest for the natural world and its ability to enhance a sense of existential presence as well as its ability to slow us down in order to better grasp the reality we live in.  MORE >>

TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

Giovanni Aloi interviews Rebecca Beachy

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The materials used at a particular moment in time by the entire human race, and its artists, are a reflection of social sensitivity. MORE >>

PLASTIC—A NEW NATURE

by Marta Smoliska

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Sound of Decay consists of a deceased cane toad (Rhinella marinus) in a glass desiccator which serves as a stage for the audio playback of the toad’s material decomposition. Cane toads were imported to Australia to control agricultural pests — a role they soon ignored, spreading widely.  MORE >>

TOAD MEDIA

Text and Images by Jonathan W. Marshall

and Cat Hope

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ISSUE 45 — AUTUMN 2018

SEPTEMBER 21

 

 

 

This essay traces the development of a New Materialist ethics in the poetry and poetics of Michael McClure. Anticipating posthumanist and new materialist discourses, McClure’s oeuvre undertakes the efort to emphasize the material aspects of being by recovering the “biological self.”  MORE >>

This folio and commentary give me the oppor-tunity to consider one component of my sound/language-based art practice, that of reading aloud. Reading aloud has become an increasingly central part of how I consider our relationship with other animals through voice and language. Sound is three dimensional and fills space, and vocality adds a sonic dimension to a text that transforms reading into a shared spatial multilingual experience.  MORE >>

What happens when one making animal meets another? In her book Gossamer Days: spiders, humans and their threads artist and writer Eleanor Morgan explores the strange web of spider-human relationships and the history of the human uses of spider silk.  MORE >>

VIBRATING WITH

SPIDER SILK

Text and Images by Eleanor Morgan

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The specificity of dealing with the problems posed by impermanent works of art resulting from the applied techniques and materials goes beyond the standards of conduct used in the conservation-restoration of traditional artworks, with durability as a standard. The dynamic and open nature of contemporary art made of nature or by nature, its different relation to matter as compared to traditional disciplines, its "unfinished” character, demands the crafting of innovative interpretative and preservative models. Institutions around the world are currently grappling with the need to devise new approaches to protection, conservation, authorship, and reproduction.  MORE >>

PRESERVING EPHEMERAL ART

by Anna Kowalik

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REBECCA BEACHY

"Architectures and materialities protect us but also implicate us, indoctrinate our bodies and imaginations."

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This essay unfolds from the idea of a method of diffraction, as coined by Donna Haraway and Karen Barad, and the (posthumanist) perfor-mativity that it aims to account for as well as from my personal experience with the work and practice of Nicolás Lamas. MORE >>

(ON) DIFFRACTING MATERIALITY

by by Liza Prins

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FOSSILS OF TIME FUTURE?

by Fiona Curran

Across the different artistic sites of Spiral Jetty (sculpture and film 1970 and essay 1972), Robert Smithson pursues a form of ‘abstract geology’ where the material histories and entropic forces of the planet affect consciousness and the body. MORE >>

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GATEKEEPER’S MATTER

Text and images by Xavier Villafranca

For the past ten years, Xavier Villafranca’s experi-mentation with common materials has led to temporal events that mutate form, states and expression. MORE >>

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MACHINES WILL WATCH US DIE

by Patrizia Costantin

This paper is a reflection on the theme and methodology of machines will watch us die (The Holden Gallery, 6th of April – 11th of May 2018, Manchester) an exhibition that explored digital decay through artists addressing material manifestations of digital culture.  MORE >>

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