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The Glass Veil: Seven Adventures in Wonderland


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 required the expertise of many accomplished and gracious people, whom I wish to thank. Raul Valverde, Henry Sanchez and Tim Deussen for their photographic prowess and diligent work. To my dear friend and colleague, Giovanni Frazzetto, with whom I have shared many intriguing laboratory and writing experiences. To David Sarma for his skills in animation. To Tarah Rhoda, my assistant extraordinaire, whose dedication is unmatched. To Amy Stienbarger, for her help with my porcelain sculptures and Luis Navarro for his expertise in 3D printing. To Richard Dempsey for his attention to detail with regard to glazing and silver-leaf. To Frank Gillette for his succinct and elegant editing skills. To Gloria Houng for her superb technical editing. To Lisa Jeschke for her German/English translation. To Raul Valverde again, for his excellent design of this book and its associated graphic conceptions. To Dr. Kev-an Main of the Mote Marine Laboratory for granting me access to the Tropical Research Center in the Florida Keys. To Thomas Söderqvist of the Medical Museion in Copenhagen, Thomas Schnalke of the Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité in Berlin, and to Regine Rapp and Chris de Lutz from Art Laboratory Berlin for engaging with novel ideas and exhibiting art work that elucidates the relevant issues impacting the natural world. To Chiara Donelli for taking such good care of my sprouting seedlings in Berlin. To Sebastian Cocioba of New York Botanics for teaching me how to tissue culture African Violets. To Joseph...

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