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THE JOURNAL OF NATURE

IN VISUAL CULTURE

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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

The overlapping fields of the environmental humanities, posthumanism, human-animal studies, and critical plant studies still have a long way to go in order to diversify their philosophical reference points as well as truly incorporate aesthetic, material, and processual registers that do not originate, or that are not implicitly aligned, with the western tradition. Over the past ten years we have become aware that reaching beyond the comfort zone of academic research requires a committed engagement with a decolonization of our thinking.  

 

It is in this context that Antennae presents a double volume entitled ‘Uncontainable Natures’ co-edited by Southeast Asia experts Kevin Chua, Lucy Davis, and Nora Taylor. The diversity, wealth, and breadth of content and perspectives gathered across the two volumes outline myriad opportunities to rethink the foundations of our practices as well as reconsider the directions of our inquiries. This project makes readily available a substantial body of work, which despite its importance and influence in Southeast Asia remains often difficult to access in other parts of the world. We hope that the contributions featured in the two volumes will become staples in syllabi across the arts and humanities and that they will inform the practices of scholars and artists alike for years to come.

 

Volume 2 will be available at the end of August, 2021.

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

 

 

 

AND MANY MORE

ANTENNAE

THE JOURNAL OF NATURE

IN VISUAL CULTURE

ISSUE 54 — SUMMER 2021 Volume 1

uncontainable natures

IN THIS ISSUE

Dr. GIOVANNI ALOI

Editor in Chief of AntennaeProject

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Yet here, now, lay such a great beast before her – contorted and dead, for sure, but incontestably real, draped across a gravel strip between an incineration plant and the uneasy, grey-green waters of the Johor Strait.

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MICHAEL McCLURE: MEAT THYSELF

by Stefan Benz

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Alfian Sa’at examines how Malay words have been shaped by plants, namely through analysis of a selected sample of 1) numeral classifiers, 2) concrete nouns, and 3) abstract nouns and other linguistic constructions for conceptual terms. MORE >>

 

At the cross roads of cryptozoology, archeology,

speleology and rituality, Stéphane Rennesson proposes a visual analysis of the sensory anchors of the magnifying Nāga cosmoecologies at the limit of pure potentialities — from their omnipresence as an icon to the ephemerality and scarcity of their epiphanies.  MORE >>

borneo

 

Challenging the widespread view that globalization invariably signifies a “clash” of cultures, anthropologist Anna Tsing develops friction in its place as a metaphor for the diverse and conflicting social interactions that

make up our contemporary world.  MORE >>

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Keramat graves may be found in many parts of the Malay world, often Malay or Muslim graves of significant and holy persons which have become shrines. In this article, Faisal Husni examines the relationship between these keramat graves and their location, with a focus on trees, heights and their proximity to water.  MORE >>

 

This essay discusses the biophysical politics and strategies inhering within Charles Lim Yi Yong’s SEASTATE 9: proclamation garden (2019), an installation for the annual Roof Garden commission at the National Gallery Singapore. MORE >>

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In cataloging various flora and fauna in and around Malaysia, this bestiary tackles issues of biodiversity, climate change, and the eternal question of being haunted by our future past. We set this alongside the transcript of a

conversation between Siew and Chin at the Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in September 2018. MORE >>

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Since 2012, Trương Minh Quý has become a part of new generation of Southeast Asian filmmakers whose works have been shown at international film festivals and art spaces.

MORE >>

 

This interview with Chiang Mai based multi-media artist Sutthirat Supaparinya discusses her practice, focusing in particular on her

“electricity generation series”.  MORE >>

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Through the story of one fisherman, Gung, MAP Office delves into issues of ecological devastation, economic adversity, and state policy.  MORE >>

 

Ghost Island

text by MAP Office [Gutierrez + Portefaix]

 

May Adadol Ingawanij’s text, written in the mode of creative non-fi ction, is based on her curation of the project Animistic Apparatus.

MORE >>

 

Stories of animistic cinema

text by May Adadol Ingawanij

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In 2015, a dead sperm whale was found floating in Singapore waters. Although the species has

been sighted in Southeast Asia, this was the first such record for Singapore. The Lee Kong

Chian Natural History Museum recovered the carcass, studied the remains and prepared the

skeleton for display. MORE >>

 

A heart the size of an armchair

text by Yu-Mei Balasingamchow

 armchair

 

What happens when covid-time thrusts upon us a time of both deep need, and distant caring? At a time when we are collectively going inwards and discovering what we have neglected or overlooked, the quest for insight renders us teetering precariously on boundaries of visibility.

 

Myco-fish Swimming

 

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This is a selection of letters written to a wheat grain that had been found in the straw stuffing of a 133 year dead salt water crocodile

shot at the mouth of the Serangoon river in Singapore in 1888.

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text by Ng Huiying

images by Michelle Lai and Agnieszka Cieszanowska

 

main text by Lucy Davis

letters by Marian Pastor Roces,

Nguyễn Trinh Thi,

Harriet Rabe von Froreich,

Nils Bubandt and Anna Tsing,

Faisal Husni, Marietta Radomska

 

Grain of Wheat

 

Letters to a 19th century

 

YU-MEI BALASINGAMCHOW

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IN THIS ISSUE  Yu-Mei Balasingamchow | Nils Bubandt |Sharon Chin | Agnieszka Cieszanowska | Kevin Chua

Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn | Lucy Davis | Ng Huiying | Faisal Husni | May Adadol Ingawanij | Michelle Lai | Philippa Lovatt

MAP Office [Gutierrez + Portefaix]  | Vipash Purichanont | Trương Minh Quý | Marietta Radomska | Stéphane Rennesson

Marian Pastor Roces | Alfian Sa’at | Zedeck Siew |Sutthirat Supaparinya | Adele Tan | Nora Taylor | Nguyễn Trinh Thi

Anna Tsing  | Harriet Rabe von Froreich

 

The rise of the nāgas

text and images by Stéphane Rennesson

 

The keramat grave on the

green hill by the sea

text by Faisal Husni

 

The local is an alternate reality

text by Zedeck Siew, Sharon Chin

and Lee Weng Choy

 

Trương Minh Quý:

A Vietnamese on Mars

Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn interviews

Trương Minh Quý

Translator: Nhân Nguyễn

 

Talking in trees

text by Alfian Sa’at

 

This earth, this island Borneo

text by Anna Tsing

 

Planting and imaging

precarity in Charles Lim’s

SEASTATE 9: proclamation garden

text by Adele Tan

 

Tracing ecological histories

of the Mekong

Philippa Lovatt interviews Sutthirat Supaparinya

 

Edge of the Wonderland

Nora Taylor interviews Vipash Purichanont