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BIOLOGICAL HERMENEUTICS PRIVATE VIEW

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Chetham’s Library

Long Millgate

Manchester

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Artist Sarah Craske, in collaboration with Prof Charlotte Sleigh and Dr Simon Park, presents Biological Hermeneutics, an exhibition based on a 300-year-old copy of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, discovering and making visible the microbial life that has silently accrued through the centuries upon its pages.

Craske’s work challenges the relationship between science and art, and highlights the deep materiality of texts that can be lost in the rush to digitisation.

Going beyond one specific book, the show is a speculative presentation of Biological Hermeneutics as an established and respected transdiscipline, within the historic walls of Chetham’s Library.

“Biological Hermeneutics is a branch of knowledge that develops the concept of books as centres of microbial data & data transfer by discovering, identifying and re-presenting the biological information contained by the physical page. Through artistic, historical & scientific enquiry, Biological Hermeneutic scholars believe that we should move from the traditional practice of collection & taxonomy of the physical archive & propose a new system of knowledge & understanding.” Sarah Craske, 2017

The establishment of the transdiscipline manifests itself in various artistic forms: signage of the exhibition; a visitor leaflet; a Wikipedia page; curated temporary displays within Chetham’s collections; a Biological Hermeneutic department temporarily installed on site; and an exhibition of The Metamorphoses Chapter, a complete retranslation of Book 3 into its microbial landscape.

Artist’s Biography

Sarah Craske has been developing the concept of transdisciplinarity through art and science collaboration since 2014. She set up a research team that included Prof Charlotte Sleigh, a historian of science at the University of Kent and Dr Simon Park, a microbiologist at the University of Surrey. Their research was subsequently funded by the AHRC.

In 2016, a showing from Biological Hermeneutics at Central St Martins was awarded the Mullen Lowe Nova Award that “recognises the next creative stars of the future by recognising and celebrating the innovators and risk takers.”

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