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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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Viruses and Pearls: The Materialization of Culture: Suzanne Anker



The onslaught of viruses and their strategies have in a sense taken over the work of the unconscious.

Jean Baudrillard

Figure 99. In order to accomplish a critical fiction the functions of 'a' as subset and 'A' as matrix are self-reflexive.

Cryptograms and hyperfictions, cybersex and smart drugs, transpecies germlines, body-part-commodities… cultural buzzwords, all hovering in the media, encoding with its signature the information eruption of the cyborg and the technofix. From the metacognitive to the manic, from the substitutive to the social, codes have become our operative conductor. Our all and nothing mind material, haptically deciphering the complexities of the constructed world. Within this network what is culture? What is its composition? As an integrated and conglomerate pattern of human knowledge culture is comprised of history, the biological and physical sciences, anthropology, psychology, mathematics, poetry, geogra ← 215 | 216 → phy, philosophy, visual art et al. It is the sum total of activity recorded and reflected upon (produced, experienced and consumed) through a penetration with natural and artificial domains. As a subset of culture, art is a single species, a way of knowing the world through illusion or fiction, an imaginary infatigable narrative. However, art also functions simultaneously as a matrix, giving its subject the diagnostic ability of a paradox – the paradox of critical fiction (fig. 99).

What is the substance of 20th century art if not the texts of the whole culture, of other disciplines? By...

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