Volume 4. No. 1. Summer 2011
Giovanni Aloi was born in Milan, Italy in 1976. In 1995 he obtained his first degree in Fine Art – Theory and Practice, then moved to London in 1997 where he furthered his studies in Visual Cultures (MA) at Goldsmiths College. From 1999 to 2004 he worked at Whitechapel Art Gallery and as a film programmer at Prince Charles Cinema in London whilst continuing to work as freelance photographer. Today he is a lecturer in History of Art at Roehampton University, Queen Mary University of London, The Open University, and Tate Galleries. Since 2006, he also is the founder and Editor in Chief of Antennae, the Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. The Journal combines a heightened level of academic scrutiny of animals in art, with a less formal and more experimental format designed to appeal to wider audiences. Since 2009, Aloi has been researching for his PhD at Goldsmiths College on the subject of “animals as art objects in the gallery space”.
Steve Baker is Emeritus Professor of Art History at the University of Central Lancashire, and author of The Postmodern Animal (Reaktion Books) andPicturing the Beast: Animals, Identity, and Representation (Illinois UP). Further work from his series Norfolk Roadkill, Mainly can be seen online inAntennae, no. 14 (2010): www.antennae.org.uk
Ron Broglio is Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Senior Research Scholar in the Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. His book Surface Encounters: Thinking with Animals and Art (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) asks what is an animal phenomenology and how might it be thought through art. Technologies of the Picturesque: British Art, Poetry, and Instruments 1750-1830 (Bucknell, 2008) considers the influence of technology in British landscape aesthetics. Current projects include a dairy cattle art installation, and a book and art project on the animal revolution.
Helen Bullard is a UK based artist and gallery coordinator, currently resident artistic research associate in the Department of Experimental Psychology, Cambridge University. Her practice engages with boundaries and curious commonalities; particularly between art and science, and humans and other animals. www.helenbullard.co.uk
Emma Cocker is a writer and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. Operating under the title 'Not Yet There', her practice interrogates the potential of failure, uncertainty, boredom, hesitation, immobility and inconsistency, by exploring models of practice - and subjectivity - that resist or refuse the pressure of a single or stable position by remaining willfully unresolved. Recent writing includes 'Not Yet There: Endless Searches and Irresolvable Quests' in Telling Stories: Countering Narrative in Art, Theory and Film (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009); 'Performing Stillness: Community in Waiting' in Stillness in a Mobile World (Routledge, 2011); 'The Restless Line, Drawing' in Hyperdrawing: Beyond the Lines of Contemporary Art (I.B.Tauris, 2011); 'Over and Over, Again and Again' in Failure, (Documents of Contemporary Art Series. Whitechapel/MIT, 2010) and Contemporary Art / Classical Myth (Ashgate Press, 2011), and the forthcoming 'Beating the (Invisible) Boundary', in Liminal Landscapes, (Routledge, 2011).
Roz Cran is a fine artist who works across performance, print, photography, video and bookworks. Roz has exhibited nationally and internationally: her video STONE was inFiguring Landscapes shown at Tate Modern and across Britain and Australia; her bookwork ANIMAL,VEGETABLE,MINERAL toured Europe, USA and Britain in Arcadia Id Est. A major theme in her work is our relationship with the natural world.
Alan Currall is a Scottish-based artist and part-time lecturer at Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. He is also responsible for the design, layout, coding, uploading and maintenance of this journal.
Kate Foster graduated in environmental art from Glasgow School of Art (2001), with subsequent artwork concerning human and animal co-existences in times of unpredictable environmental change. A Leverhulme fellowship (2005) at Glasgow University allowed collaborative investigation of specimens in a zoological archive to develop as 'BioGeoGraphies'. One example is the pursuit of the history of an overlooked antelope skull that led to a research residency at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa (2007). Recent work in 2010 has developed a field method to investigate different land use in a locality of the Scottish Borders, a project entitled 'in the present tense'.
Maria Fusco is a Belfast-born writer, editor and academic, based in London. The Mechanical Copula, her first book of short stories,is published by Sternberg Press, Berlin & New York (2010). She is Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and is the founder/editor of The Happy Hypocrite, a journal for and about experimental art writing. She recently devised and organised Cosey Complex, a one-day event at the ICA in London, speculating on the possiblities of Cosey Fanni Tutti as methodology. She was the inaugural Critic-in-Residence at Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2008-9) and the inaugural Writer-in-Residence at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2009-10). Maria is currently working on a novel, Sailor, about a vervet monkey and a Hi-Power Browning pistol, and on a screenplay with Austrian artist Ursula Mayer for the feature filmGonda.www.mariafusco.net
Ingvild Hovland Kaldal is a Norwegian born artist now based in Malmö, works with installation and video art, educated at Valand school of Fine arts 2009 and has exhibited at Turku Art Museum, Kunstraum Kreutsberg DE and Galleri Box SE. She is now working with a large scale installation connected to the zoological museum in Lund SE.
Susan McHugh is Associate Professor of English at the University of New England, USA, where she teaches courses in animal studies and literary theory. She is the author of Animal Stories: Narrating across Species Lines, forthcoming in the University of Minnesota Press’ Posthumanities series, as well as Dog, a volume in Reaktion Books’ Animal series.
Nigel Rothfels is the author Savages and Beasts: The Birth of the Modern Zoo and the editor of the collection Representing Animals. He is currently writing a book on the history of ideas about elephants since the eighteenth century.
Carolee Schnemmann is a multidisciplinary artist. Her video, film, painting, photography, performance art and installation works have been shown at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; in NYC at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, as well as the Reina Sofia in Madrid, Moderna Museet Stockholm, the Pompidou Paris. The multi-channel video installation “Precarious” was presented at the Tate Liverpool “Abandon Normal Devices” Festival in September 2009. Recently the Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz presented a major retrospective encompassing a full range of her visual work.
Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson are a collaborative artist team, whose art practice is research based and socially-engaged, exploring issues of history, culture and environment in relation to both humans and non-human animals. Their artworks have been exhibited internationally and they have delivered papers at key conferences in animal studies worldwide. One of their art projects nanoq: flat out and bluesome an artist survey on stuffed polar bears in the UK has been toruing Europe since 2006 and is currently on show in Svalbard Museum and will be in the Polar Museum in Tromsö Norway in June 2011. Uncertainty in the City, an art project exploring the conception of ‘pest’ in the human psyche was recently exhibited in Lancaster, in England and a publication with the same name is due to be published by Green Box, Berlin in March 2011. Future projects include Matrix based on the architecture of polar bear dens and exhibitions next year include Reconstructing the Animal curated by Dr. Yvette Watt at the Island Festival Hobart, Tasmania and in Interactive Futures'11: Animal Influence, curated by Dr. Carol Gigliotti in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Their work is installation based, using text, sound, photographic and video-based media. For more information on their work see: www.snaebjornsdottirwilson.com www.radioanimal.org
Jan Verwoert is a Berlin-based art historian and critic and is a contributing editor of frieze and writes, among others, for Afterall and Metropolis M. He teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and at the Royal College of Art in London. His book Bas Jan Ader — In Search of the Miraculous was published in 2006 by Afterall Books/MIT Press and a collection of essays, Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want, edited by Vanessa Ohlraun was published by Sternberg Press in 2010. He is bass guitarist and vocalist in La Stampa.
Frederick Young received his PhD in Critical Theory, Media and Culture Studies at the University of Florida. He has published on topics such as Animality, Levinas, and Deleuze. He is co-editing with Ron Broglio a special issue of Angelaki on Animality and Techne. His current research, art and manuscript concern the relation between animality, techne, art and politics. He is faculty at the University of California, Merced, Merritt Writing Program.