‘Opening new perspectives’, ‘moving natural history museums’, ‘creating a space for poetry in science’, ‘mediating difficult legacies’ – the purposes and motivations for a collaboration between contemporary art and natural history museums are as manifold as the approaches and experiences of the different protagonists and actors involved, including the museum’s visitors.
The conference outlines recent and ongoing art projects and art programmes in natural history museums and in the natural history collections of multidisciplinary museums. In doing so, it aims to reflect upon and discuss the mutual expectations, potentials, possible limitations and values of these kinds of interactions and interventions from the perspectives of curators, artists and researchers.
An evening reception will be held in the Museum für Naturkunde on Monday, 26 June, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, including a private view of the museum’s current artistic interventions: Klara Hobza’s Animaloculomat, an ‘animal ocular-image machine’, and Monika Rinck’s The Lost World, an interactive literary installation (performed by Hermann Heisig).
The conference is hosted by ‘Art/Nature: Artistic Interventions at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin’, a pilot project in cooperation with the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
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Conference venue: Leibniz Association, Chausseestraße 111, 10115 Berlin
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