Post-Specimen Encounters Between Art, Science and Curating (Book)

Rethinking Art Practice and Objecthood through Scientific Collections.

Post-Specimen: Object Encounters in Art, Science and Curating examines the ways in which scientific objects held within museums and other collections act as inspiration to contemporary art practices, curating strategies and their histories. It draws upon the concept of the specimen as a way of investigating these hybrid art-science practices as well as a means of innovating the practice of art writing itself.

Category: Visual Arts

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Post-Specimen: Object Encounters in Art, Science and Curating examines the ways in which scientific objects held within museums and other collections act as inspiration to contemporary art practices, curating strategies and their histories. Through its cross-disciplinary contributions, written by a team of art historians, artists, poets, anthropologists, critics and curators, this volume looks at how artistic encounters in museums, ranging from anatomy museums to contemporary cabinets of curiosity, can provoke new modes of thinking about art, science and curating. In particular, it draws upon the concept of the specimen – a paradigmatic object in science – as a way of critically investigating these hybrid art-science practices as well as a means of innovating the practice of art writing itself. Edward Juler and Alistair Robinson bring together a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives written by leading specialists in the visual arts that inspire new understandings of the relationships between art, science and curating.

Edward Juler and Alistair Robinson bring together a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives written by leading specialists in the visual arts that inspire new understandings of the relationships between art, science and curating.

Edward Juler is Lecturer in Art History at Newcastle University. He is the author of Grown but not Made: British Modernist Sculpture and the New Biology.

Alistair Robinson is the Director of Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA) since 2002, following positions both at the national collection of photography in the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Museum of Photography, and as a trustee of Kettle’s Yard.

Introduction
Edward Juler and Alistair Robinson
1: Narratives of the ‘Fetish’
John Mack
2: Curating Interobjectively in Museums
Alistair Robinson
3: ‘A Readiness to Find What Surrounds Us Strange and Odd’: Objects in the Relational Curiosity Museum
Marion Endt-Jones
4: Art, Science and the Mutant Object
Rahma Khazam
5: Models of Subjectivity: Surrealism, Physics and Psychoanalysis
Gavin Parkinson
6: Glimpsed Phantoms of Sensation: Or, a Psychogeographical Investigation of Various Anatomical Specimens with Reference to Christine Borland’s Cet être-là, c’est à toi de le créer!
Edward Juler
7 … as far back as I will remember
Nadia Lichtig
8: Poetry and the Pathology Museum: A Model of Difference
Christy Ducker
9: The Scientist and the Magician
Irene Brown
10: Choosing, Unpicking and Connecting: On Drawing Museum Objects
Richard Talbot
11: Post-Specimens and Present Ancestors: Passing Fables and Comparative Readings at the Wildgoose Memorial Library
Jane Wildgoose
12: Moving beyond the Specimen (From Drawing Objects to Drawing Processes)
Gemma Anderson
13: Desiccation, Suspension, Extraction: The Inhuman Art of Christine Borland
Andrew Patrizio
Afterword: What’s at Stake?
Ludmilla Jordanova

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