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NEW BOOK: The new collection on plants in philosophy and art edited by Giovanni Aloi and Michael Marder has been published by MIT. The first reader in critical plant studies, exploring a rapidly growing multidisciplinary field—the intersection of philosophy with plant science and the visual arts. Vegetal Entwinements in Philosophy and Art considers such topics as the presence of plants in the history of philosophy, the shifting status of plants in various traditions, what it means to make art with growing life-forms, and whether or not plants have moral standing. In an experimental vegetal arrangement, the reader presents some of the most influential writing on plants, philosophy, and the arts, together with provocative new contributions, as well as interviews with groundbreaking contemporary artists whose work has greatly enhanced our appreciation of vegetal being. More info here.

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author, educator, curator,
and maker specializing in the representation of nature and the environment in art

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Giovanni Aloi
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Giovanni Aloi’s research focuses on the Anthropocene and new conceptions of nature in art. He currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is the Editor in Chief of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture ( Aloi is the author of Art & Animals (2011), Speculative Taxidermy: Natural History, Animal Surfaces, and Art in the Anthropocene (2018), Why Look at Plants? The Vegetal Emergence in Contemporary Art (2019), Lucian Freud – Herbarium (2019), Posthumanism in Art and Science (2020), Vegetal Entwinments in Philosophy and Art (edited with Michael Marder, 2023), and Estado Vegetal: Performance and Plant-Thinking (2023). He has contributed to BBC radio programs, worked at Whitechapel Art Gallery and Tate Galleries in London, and currently is USA correspondent for Esse Magazine. Aloi has curated exhibitions in the US and Europe and is co-editor of the University of Minnesota Press series 'Art after Nature'.

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Founded in 2006 by Giovanni Aloi, Antennae is the leading journal on nature, the environment, and art. A peer-reviewed, hybrid, journal free to the public. Download all issues free and stay up to date with current news.

Visit Giovanni Aloi's faculty page at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Giovanni Aloi's site features downloadable essays, book chapters, and video recordings of talks and other events.

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