Antennae is an online, UK-based journal centering around animal issues, with an academic bent, a focus on human-animal studies, and a propensity toward exploring the role of animals in the arts. It combines “academic writing, informative articles, and interviews with leading and underground artists, curators, scholars, film directors, scientists, and media producers,” in an attempt to invite participation in the “animal studies debate” and reframe “mainstream perspectives on animals and humanism.” The newest issue specifically focuses on “animal advocacy and the arts,” and features interviews with — among other luminaries — Peter Singer and Tom and Nancy Regan, and also includes breathtaking work by artist Sue Coe. According to animal studies scholar Brett Mizelle, this issue explores questions such as “How far have we gone since the publishing of Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation from 1973? Where are we finding ourselves, and where are we going? But most importantly, who are we going there with?”
I, for one, am nothing short of stirred and tickled to learn about this incredibly in-depth and thought-provoking resource, and I’m already wondering how I’m going to finish my Christmahanusolstikwanzikuh shopping, when I have all of these back issues to catch up on! I know that many of you will also be titillated, since my inbox is frequently bursting with emails from you wondering how to get further involved with speaking up for animals through the arts. Well, lucky for you, Antennae is seeking submissions for publication.
And in the interest of shameless self-promotion (’tis the season, right?), I wanted to point out a few pieces that Our Hen House has created for our Art of the Animal series, focusing on some of the same creative activists that Antennae is also shedding light on. Last year, we made a video about visual artist Jonathan Horowitz, and his “Go Vegan” exhibit. Two weeks ago, we featured Peter Singer on our 100th podcast episode (which is also available, as always, on iTunes). And, in what is perhaps the video I am most proud of, a couple days ago we brought you our newest installment of the Art of the Animal video series, this time featuring one of our heroes, Sue Coe. Our Art of the Animal series, which is hardly as academic as Antennae (I’m not sure anything I’ve ever written can be described as such), features artists who speak up for animals through their art form, and you can you learn more by browsing that section of our website.