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The Glass Veil: Seven Adventures in Wonderland

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Suzanne Anker and Sabine Flach

In this collaborative work between artist and theorist Suzanne Anker and art historian Sabine Flach, the study of image production unveils the reality of pictures beyond their function as mere representations of the world. The visuals range from firsthand accounts of specimen collections in historical medical museums, to scientific research laboratories, to studies of plant propagation, among other themes concerning life forms and Bio Art. Focusing on systems of artistic knowledge, the authors demonstrate how context, scale and framing devices alter meaning in pictorial systems. Somatic responses, classification networks and image banks are explored as they relate to intersections in visual art and the biological sciences.

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The Glass Veil: Seven Adventures in Wonderland Suzanne Anker Sabine Flach Peter Lang A nk er & F la ch Th e G la ss V ei l: Se ve n A dv en tu re s i n W on de rl an d In this collaborative work between artist and theorist Suzanne Anker and art historian Sabine Flach, the study of image production unveils the reality of pictures be- yond their function as mere repre- sentation of the world. The visuals range from firsthand accounts of specimen collections in historical medi- cal museums, scientific research laborato- ries, as well as astrocultural studies of plant propaga tion among other themes concern - ing life forms. Focusing on systems of artistic knowledge, the authors demonstrate how context, scale and framing devices alter meaning in pictorial representations. Somatic responses, classification networks and image banks are explored as they relate to intersections in visual art and the biological sciences. Suzanne Anker is a visual artist and theorist working at the nexus of art and the biological sciences. Her work has been shown both nationally and interna- tionally in museums and galleries including the Walker Art Center, the Smith- sonian Institute, the Phillips Collection, P.S.1 Museum, the JP Getty Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in Japan. Her seminal text The Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age (co-authored with the late Dorothy Nelkin) was published in 2004 by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. She is the Chair of the Fine Arts Department...

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