As part of the 2011 Interactive Futures: Animal Influence Conference in Vancouver’s Emily Carr University, we have an article in the summer 2012 issue of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture on animals and new media art. Free download!
From Carol Giggliotti’s editorial: “In the fifth Discourse on Method, Descartes outlines with remorseless precision his justification for viewing animals as mere mechanisms, unfeeling and soulless. (..) The function of Cartesian philosophy was to clear the way for a science without the constraints of moral guilt about what this meant for other species. (..) The irony, of course, is that following that path has led us to environmental disasters of catastrophic proportions, not because animals were or are irrational, insatiable, violent and vicious, but because we have been.”