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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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Dialogue I: The Glass Veil: Suzanne Anker & Sabine Flach

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Figure 18. Left: Suzanne Anker, The Glass Veil (The Center of Gravity), 2009. Nylon, bungee cord, silver leaf, lead and brass. Right: Suzanne Anker, The Glass Veil (The Hand-Mirror), 2009. Inkjet print on sintra, 76 x 96 in (193 x 243.8 cm). Installation view of The Glass Veil at Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité, Berlin, Germany, 2009. Photograph by Suzanne Anker. ← 70 | 71 → ← 71 | 72 → ← 72 | 73 →



SUZANNE ANKER & SABINE FLACH

Sabine Flach: In The Glass Veil project (fig. 18) as well as other work, you employ objects, materials and topics that are already given. In other words, the subjects of your work previously exist, in other spaces and for alternate reasons. In essence, you are not the absolute provenance of your images. Could you describe how you see your work with regard to such matters?

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