With global issues cutting across disciplines, a number of projects are showing where the mixing of art and science can prove productive
(Above: Museum and Gardens, London; photograph: Jamie Craggs)
‘Are we working for the corals,’ asks artist Sonia Levy,’ or with them?’ Levy – whose previous projects have included collaborating with a whale researcher in Iceland and recreating 20th century crystallization experiments – is currently working in the basement of the Horniman Museum in south London, where, for the very first time, marine biologists have successfully induced corals to spawn within a captive environment.
That alone makes ‘Project Coral’ noteworthy. Launched under the umbrella of the Horniman’s so-called ‘Living Collections’, the research involves a range of international partners and has seen nine corals transplanted from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to an aquarium laboratory deep in the bowels of the museum. By their very existence, corals complicate convenient categorizations – between animal, plant and mineral or between individual and community or even between the living and dead. Corals, notes Levy, collaborate (with algae). Their exoskeletons form landscapes that shelter other forms of life. Corals provide rich metaphors but they are also real beings – out there in the world, and now inside the museum laboratory.
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Eloise Hawser, ‘By The Deep, By The Mark’, 2018, installation view, Somerset House, London. Courtesy: the artist and Somerset House, London
Mark Dion, The Library for the Birds of London (detail) 2018, mixed media; steel, wood, books, zebra finches and found objects, installation view, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2018. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/PA Wire
Maria McKinney, Sire, 2016, included in ‘Somewhere in Between’ Wellcome Collection, 8 March – 27 August 2018. Courtesy: © the artist
Martina Amati, Under, 2015, film still. Included in ‘Somewhere in Between’, Wellcome Collection, London, 8 March – 27 August 2018. Courtesy: © the artist
Rachal Bradley, ‘Interlocutor’, 2018, installation view. Commissioned and produced by Gasworks. Courtesy: the artist; photograph: Andy Keate
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