echanical Animals marks the beginning of Antennae’s third year of activity and in a number of ways, it is our most ambitious issue to date. The main theme gathers together the work of a number of artists, scientists, andacademics who over the past decade have relentlessly contributed to the creating, researching, and theorisingof the cross-fields between nature and robotics. The issue resembles a journey of discovery into a fascinatingalternative reality where the boundaries nature and technology are deceptively and at times disturbingly blurred.Beginning with a challenging reconstruction of one of Leonardo’s lost robots, Mechanical Animals thoroughly explores thework of ground-braking artists Ken Rinaldo and France Cadet through a theoretical frame designed by Carol Gigliotti.The work of artists Bjoern Schuelke, Leonel Moura, David Bowen and the nano-creations of scientist Metin Sitti functionas departure points from a highly original essay by Minsoo Kang which questions ideals about our emotional, imaginative,and intellectual reactions to the illusion that robots are alive or lifelike. This essay presents theories from psychology,philosophy, history as well as contemporary theories surrounding the acceptance of robots in human cultures in creatingan evolved human/machine nature.The stark multidisciplinary approach of this issue takes us to the final stage of our investigation through the work of Grant Morrison: the international leading comic-artist whose seminal work We3 has set the standards for contemporary graphic novels, talks to us about his robotic-animal heroes. The uncanny sculptures of Jessica Joslin,bordering between myth and magic lead us to conclude with a fantastic steampunk fable Matthew Chrulew.Mechanical Animals also is Antennae’s first issue to be published with the full collaboration and support of aSenior Academic Board, Advisory Board and network of Global Contributors. The contribution of all involved has beenoutstanding and I consider myself extremely lucky to have the opportunity to work with such talented and inspirational teams.A special ‘thank you’ goes to Ken Rinaldo, whose input to ‘Mechanical Animals’ has been most defining.
Editor in Chief of Antennae Project
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