Wed, 10th Jun 2009 14:31
This will be a project working with the Natural History Collections of Edinburgh University School of Biological Sciences over the coming few months.
A blindworm bleached and suspended in a spirit jar; a wax scale model of a fish brain on a turned ebony handle; a calculation of the mass in cubic miles of salt in the world’s oceans written in a careful copperplate hand on a glass lantern slide: these objects are now distanced from modern scientific approaches by perhaps a century, and now seem strangely poetic. Each specimen is a fragment of ‘the wild’ that became ‘science’ and is now ‘history’.
This project will explore the relationships between scientific and aesthetic responses to these objects, and the collection they form, as a site for the production of knowledge about the natural world.
With the support of the Scottish Arts Council