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CFP: Mycologies


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Posted by: Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture
Deadline: Wed, July 1st, 2020

Mycologies

Over ten years ago, Anna Tsing’s essay ‘Unruly Edges: Mushrooms as Companion Species’ made its unofficial appearance in post-humanist academic circles. In 2011 it was first published in issue 18 of Antennae and then proceeded to spawn the book The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins in 2015.
Tsing’s work on mushrooms stood at the edge of non-anthropocentric reasoning, challenging categories and hierarchies to radically redesign conceptions of identity, companionship, and agency. To many, Tsing’s proposal initially seemed extreme, but today, after the emergence of critical plant studies, interest in omnipresent fungi and their invisible ability to support and orchestrate global ecosystems is steadily on the rise.


From Haroon Mirza, Hannah Collins, and Adham Faramawy, to Annie Ratti, Simon Popper, and many more, contemporary artists turn to fungi in order to explore the ultimate alterity of rhizomatic organisms that, while not quite plant nor animal, push our thinking towards new and uncharted eco-cultural conceptions.


This issue of Antennae is edited by Giovanni Aloi in collaboration with Anthropologist Anna Tsing and fungal biologist Merlin Sheldrake, author of the forthcoming book Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures. Sheldrake shows us the world from a fungal point of view, providing an exhilarating change of perspective. His vivid exploration takes us from yeast to psychedelics, to the fungi that range for miles underground and are the largest organisms on the planet, to those that link plants together in complex networks known as the “Wood Wide Web,” to those that infiltrate and manipulate insect bodies with devastating precision.


Topics considered for this issue include, but are not limited to:

Histories and folklore
Mushrooms in literature
Natural History, preservation, classification
Interconnectedness
Companionship
Toxicity
Psychedelia
Sustainability
Culinary traditions
Ecological entanglements
Fungi and the Anthropocene
Bio Art
Representation/aesthetics
Mushrooms and capitalism

Deadlines:
Abstracts for all formats: 1st of July 2020 (Please submit 350 words abstract along with a CV and no more than two images) Selection process is finalized and feedback sent by 1st of August 2020
Submissions of final pieces: 1st of November 2020
Please email any questions to Giovanni Aloi: Editor in Chief of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture antennaeproject@gmail.com (www.antennae.org.uk)

Specific formats final submission details: Academic essays = length 5000 words max
Artists’ visual essay focussing on one project = 10 images along with 500-750 words max statement/commentary Interviews = maximum length 6000 words
Fiction = maximum length 7000 words
Roundtable discussions = 5000 words



Posted on Mon, May 4th, 2020
Expires on Wed, July 1st, 2020

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