Dead Images

Joan Smith (Developer), John Harries (Developer), Linda Fibiger (Developer), Tal Adler (Photographer), Anna Szoke (Developer), Maria Teschler-Nicola (Developer)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Abstract / Description of output

The Dead Images exhibition is an output of ‘TRACES’, a three year EU Horizon 2020 (2016 – 2019) funded project with a grant of over 2 million Euros. TRACES aimed to develop rigorous and creative investigations on a range of contentious cultural heritages through five ‘Creative Co-productions’ (CCP’s) of which Dead Images was one. Dead Images consisted of researchers from the University of Edinburgh, Humboldt University, Berlin and the Natural History Museum of Vienna. Dead Images examined the collection of human skulls housed in the Natural History Museum in Vienna and was awarded 10000 Euros from the TRACES budget to develop the exhibition and a related education programme and conference.

Focussing on the skull collection housed in the Natural History Museum in Vienna, the researchers aimed to address the legacy of such collections and consider what we could learn by bringing the collection to public view by using artistic practice as a vehicle.
The question of displaying human remains has a long and contentious history, with ongoing implications for museums and curators at a time when the politics of identity is a hotly debated topic. It is a field of query that brings together a range of concerns and disciplinary interests from anthropology and ethnography to art history and contemporary curatorial practice.

The exhibition took place at Edinburgh College of Art in the summer of 2018 (29.6.18– 25.8.18). It was part of the Edinburgh Arts Festival.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh College of Art
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018


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