An Interview with Graham Harman published in Antennae

December 24, 2016 | Published Articles, Writing

This issue of Antennae marks the celebration of the journal’s ten years of activity. From the very start, Antennae has provided a platform for new voices—it has outlined an academic space marked by a certain fluidity of content and freedom of format designed to foster the multidisciplinarity that is essential to the study of human/non-human relations. It is for this reason that the interview format has constantly been one of the most important publishing dimensions for the journal. It is in interviews that artists and scholars explore the side-lines of their practices, the loose and dead ends, and talk about the ‘heart of the matter’ with the same level of dedication. 

It seems therefore appropriate that Antennae’s first ten years should be marked by the release of two issues entirely dedicated to the interview format. Members of Antennae’s academic and advisory boards were asked to choose their interlocutors in order to address an issue dear to them. The idea was to gather some of the most influential thinkers, artists, writers, and makers in the field of nature and art to produce an archive of contemporary outlooks framed by multidisciplinary outlooks. The result is a series of original perspectives, exchanges, and investigations that capture the essence of what it means to be working with human/non-human issues at this point of the Anthropocene. Commissioning interviews for an issue entirely dedicated to this format is a gamble — it means letting collaborators share the editorial driving seat without knowing exactly where they want to drive. But the gamble has paid off — I could have not hoped for a more colorful cast, and hope Antennae’s readers will find these interviews informative as well as inspirational.