Artists in Dialogue with the Humboldt University Collections
A six meter long tapeworm …. a silver cuff … 'skeleton' leaves … an 'exploded' skull … a dandelion research station … deep sea creatures …
All of these extraordinary things and more feature in the striking new exhibition ON THE EDGE, providing a fascinating insight into the Humboldt University scientific collections through the eyes of seven artists from Germany and the UK: Annie Cattrell, Simon Faithfull, Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Lucy Powell, Andrea Roe, Nicole Schuck and Wolf von Kries.
With her installation of a tree, plant and dandelion research station, Agnes Meyer-Brandis ruminates on the realm of climate related sciences, data collection and distinctions between categories.
In a reflective way, Simon Faithfull's drawings on glass of the living collection of trees and plants at the university arboretum echo the institution's glass negatives and 'skeleton' leaves.
Drawing is also the medium for Nicole Schuck; her works on paper explore the transfer of knowledge by visual means through geological and geographical representations and deep sea creatures of indeterminate structure and origin.
Annie Cattrell's dialogue with human anatomical objects focuses on the study of the form of organisms and their specific structural features.
The intimacy and interaction between human anatomy, parasite and bovine animal emerges in Andrea Roe's sculptures and drawings.
Wolf von Kries
In Wolf von Kries' film, it is the muted spaces where the collection objects are held which provides special significance.
Powell's large scale and durational work focuses upon the materiality of the objects as a metaphor for the love of knowledge.
Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday 14:00 -18:00
Venue: Tieranatomisches Theater der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Campus Nord, Philippstr. 12/13, Haus 3, 10115 Berlin