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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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Epilogue: Suzanne Anker & Sabine Flach


Figure 93. Suzanne Anker, While Darkness Sleeps, (detail) 2013. Archival inkjet print on paper, 44 x 58 in (111.76 x 147.32 cm). Microscopic image of Botryllus, a marine invertebrate termed a colonial tunicate, sporting a star-shaped structure. ← 186 | 187 → ← 187 | 188 → ← 188 | 189 →


Sabine Flach: SVA’s Bio Art Laboratory in your Fine Arts Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City is quite unique. What was the impetus behind the decision to incorporate a Bio Art Laboratory into your program? There are very few, if any, Bio Art labs in the world that reside in art schools. Obviously, you are at the forefront of this directive. Where would you position your Bio Lab in regard to visual art?

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