With the aim of promoting research and dialogue between art and science, the Body Archives course at SACI was honored to finish the Spring 2015 semester with the students’ art projects exhibited in the Museum of Natural History Museum “La Specola” in Florence. The environment was perfect for the multi-media installation, featuring works by: Danielle Burgess, Molly Di Grazia, Morgane Dugas, Christina Gednalske, Michael Ingersoll, Ana Lìa Orèzzoli, Hana Sackler, and Lauren Victor and was curated by Dejan Atanackovic.
Projects featured at La Specola dealt with the themes of identity, madness, and the Other, and are based on numerous encounters with the aesthetics and language of scientific narrative. In conjunction with a display of video installations and objects in the former Reading Room on the first floor of the museum, a special “sound environment” was presented in the fascinating Hall of the Skeletons.
The Body Archives course, which has been offered at SACI since September 2014, is based upon a dialogue with museum experts. It has opened to students the possibility of assisting and volunteering in areas of museums, such as the photographic archive of the Museum of Anthropology. Visits to extraordinary collections that are only partially open to the public spur dialogue about the representations of nature and the human body as well as the dissemination of knowledge and possible methods of interaction between art and science.
A special guided tour was organized for the group of patients and staff from the local daily psychiatric center Fili e Colori, the second day of the exhibition. Find out more about the Body Archives class visit to the psychiatric center in Florence: Centro Diurno “Fili e colori.”
In addition, as part of the protocol of cooperation established between SACI and the Museum of Natural History, that provides Body Archives students with the opportunity for internships and artistic research at the museums’ archives, two SACI students, Christina Gednalske and Lauren Lola Victor, were the first recipients of a certificate awarded for their efforts, signed by the museum president, Guido Chelazzi and by SACI Dean, David Davidson. Christina and Lola spent a great amount of time during the Spring 2015 semester working at the photographic archive of the Museum of Anthropology (a section of the Natural History Museum) and digitalizing the 1800’s glass negatives and prints, stored in the archive. We are most grateful to the president Guido Chelazzi, and all the generous staff, Alessandra Lombardi, Gloria Roselli and others, with whom we’ve had excellent collaboration.
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