ANTENNAE: THE JOURNAL OF NATURE
IN VISUAL CULTURE
Founded in 2007 and counting over 55 issues so far, Antennae is an independent, hybrid, peer-reviewed journal, free to the public disseminating making accessible the work of artists, professionals, and scholars working in the context of the non-human turn in art and culture.
Antennae (founded by Giovanni Aloi in 2006) is an independent, hybrid, peer-reviewed journal. Antennae is a free to the public, non-funded by institutions, and not supported by grants or philanthropists. The Journal’s format and contents are informed by the concepts of ‘knowledge transfer’ and ‘widening participation’. Independent publications share histories of originality, irreverence, and innovation and Antennae has certainly been an important contributor to what will be remembered as the non-human turn in the humanities.
The first issue of Antennae coincided with the rise of human-animal studies; a field of academic inquiry now become mainstream. Our independent status has allowed us to give a voice to scholars and artists who were initially not taken seriously by mainstream presses. Through our creative approach, we have supported the careers of experimental practitioners and researchers across the world providing a unique space in which new academic fields like the environmental humanities and critical plant studies could also flourish.
In January 2009, the establishment of Antennae’s Senior Academic Board, Advisory Board, and Network of Global Contributors has affirmed the journal as an indispensable research tool for the subject of environmental studies and visual culture. Still today, no other journal provides artists and scholars with an opportunity to publish full-color portfolios of their
work or richly illustrated essays at no cost to them or to readers. A markedly transdisciplinary publication, Antennae encourages communication and crossover of knowledge among artists, scientists, scholars, activists, curators, and students.
A selection of Antennae front covers through time:
'ART AFTER NATURE'
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PRESS
Co-edited with curator and writer Caroline Picard
Alberto Aguilar, Drag feet through snow, define boundaries, work my way in. End at center (Elkhart, KS). 2017. 16" x 20", Inkjet print in hand carved frame.
Image courtesy of the artist.
At a time of unprecedented ecological crisis and cultural change, 'Art after Nature' explores the epistemological questions that emerge from the expanding, environmental consciousness of the humanities. Authors featured in this series engage with the recent ontological turn, upending anthropocentrism, in order to grapple with the dark ecological fluidity of naturecultures. The anthropogenic lenses of inquiry emphasize an ethical focus, foregrounding the more-than-human politics of our era. Within this framework, art theory, practice, and criticism are reconfigured as intersecting platforms upon which current philosophical trajectories can be mapped. This series engages with the politics and contradictions of the Anthropocene in order to problematize recent and influential disciplines such as animal studies, posthumanism, and speculative realism, through art writing and art making. Books published in 'Art after Nature' foster true multidisciplinarity, accessibility, and diversity. Each volume aims to provide readers with the opportunity to creatively engage with new and alternative discourses at the intersection of art, science, and philosophy.
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THE JOURNAL OF NATURE
IN VISUAL CULTURE
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.
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Giovanni Aloi's academia.edu site features downloadable essays, book chapters, and video recordings of talks and other events.