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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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Dialogue II: The Butterfly in the Brain / Rorschach: Suzanne Anker & Sabine Flach


Figure 28. Suzanne Anker, Butterfly in the Brain, 2007. Installation view of Brainwave: Common Senses, Exit Art, New York, 2007. Photograph by Henry G. Sanchez. ← 88 | 89 → ← 89 | 90 → ← 90 | 91 →


Sabine Flach: The Butterfly in the Brain (2002) and The Rorschach series (2004) focused on the neurosciences as your subject matter. Why did this shift to the cognitive sciences replace your work with genetics?

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