Antena is a language justice and language experimentation collaborative founded in 2010 by Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, both of whom are writers, artists, literary translators, bookmakers and activist interpreters.
Antena views our aesthetic practice as part and parcel of our language justice work. Antena activates links between social justice work and artistic practice by exploring how critical views on language can help us to reimagine and rearticulate the worlds we inhabit.
Antena does language justice work, translation and writing projects, installations in public space and in conjunction with institutions, as well as experiments with performance. Antena is a vehicle that continues to grow and change over time.
At a local level in Houston and in Los Angeles, Antena works through sister organizations to promote language justice, by working with organizations, communities and individuals to create dynamic, well-functioning multilingual spaces for small and large groups of people to foster open communication and attentive listening across languages and cultures. We primarily work with Spanish and English but have experience coordinating more diverse language combinations. In 2014, Antena Los Ángeles was founded as an Antena sister organization, with the participation of Miguel Morales Cruz and Ana Paula Noguez Mercado. Antena Los Ángeles is specifically focused on building multilingual spaces locally in Southern California. In 2015, Antena Houston was launched to do the same in the Bayou City.
Antena’s endeavors build on the important work of organizers in the field of language justice across the U.S. and the world.
Antena uses writing and multilingual space-building as conduits for a collective creative activist practice that reimagines the power of language.
Since 2011 Antena has been doing a wide array of projects and work at the intersections of language justice and language experimentation.