Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture 26

Check out my essay titled "Towards a New Animism" along with images of my work in the newest edition of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture available as pdf download at

pp 5-10 and back cover



This and the previous issue of Antennae have been entirely dedicated to the practice of painting. The aim of this exploration is not that of attempting to draw conclusions on the matter of animal representation through the medium of painting itself, but to focus on the specificities of the medium in order to understand how they can aid, address, envision or suggest new human-animal relations. In the case of painting, both issues do not present a conceptualised selection of contributions but instead aim at maintaining a very open mind about the intricacies that painting animals may unveil. Resisting a thematic curatorial approach, both issues, however provide a departure from classical representational tropes in which the non-human has for centuries been symbolically objectified. How objectification is prevented, exploited, or subverted in panting is something the selected works and texts featured in these installments aim at mapping.

As per usual, this is a very rich issue gathering a number of contributions from established and emerging academics, researchers, curators and artists. Special thanks go to all those who have contributed to the making of this ambitious project.


Giovanni Aloi

Editor in Chief of Antennae Project

Lecturer in Visual Culture:

Queen Mary University of London

Sotheby's Institute of Art

Tate Galleries

Antennae is a quarterly experimental, academic, peer-reviewed publication which broadens the debate on subjects such as animal and environment in Visual Culture. We take an eclectic editorial approach bringing together academic essays, fiction, feature articles, interviews and the use of high quality images. We aim to encourage contributors to engage in creative approaches that may not fit within the requirements of standard academic journals. Antennae has become a point of reference for academics, art connoisseurs, enthusiasts, artists, animal lovers, curators and students.

Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture