In case it's of interest (translated from German by Google)

Karen Reeds, “Mark Catesby’s Botanical Forerunners in Virginia,” in
The Curious Mister Catesby: A “truly ingenious” naturalist explores new worlds, ed. E. Charles Nelson and David J. Elliott (Athens GA: University of Georgia Press, 2015), Chapter 3, pp 27-38.

Natural History of the 20th & 21th century. (Hannover 10-12 Sep 15)

Sprengel Museum Hannover, 10. - 09.12.2015
Registration deadline: September 10, 2015

Objectivity and imagination
natural history in the 20th and 21st century

An interdisciplinary conference of the Sprengel Museum Hannover and the University of Hanover in cooperation with the Lower Saxony State Museum Hannover

In the center of the meeting of the interactions between natural history and art in the 20th and 21st centuries are under the perspective of epistemological and aesthetic contexts.

The body of knowledge of natural history includes the diversity of animate and inanimate nature and its forms of presentation. The conference is dedicated to the continued existence and further development of naturalist representation traditions in their appropriation by the art. The reciprocal influence of science and aesthetic image strategies is also discussed how the boundaries of their interaction.

The Meeting adopted so explicit reference to the natural history and the meaning given immanent aspects, ie. On the development of nature as a process on scientific research and methods as well as natural history knowledge in the history of art theory and artistic practice

The conference is sponsored by the Foundation of Lower Saxony and the University of Hannover.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

8:30 clock Arrival and registration

Greetings and Organisational

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Dr. Reinhard Spieler, director Sprengel Museum Hannover

Prof. Dr. Josef von Helden, president of the University of Hannover

Joachim Werren, secretary general of the Foundation of Lower Saxony

Rose Anne Kessler MA, University of Hanover and
Dr. Isabelle Schwarz, Sprengel Museum Hannover and
Dr. Annette Richter, Lower Saxony State Museum

Introduction and basics

10.00 clock
Annerose Kessler MA, University of Hannover, Faculty III - Media, Information and Design Introduction to the meeting

Dr. Annette Richter, Lower Saxony State Museum, Natural History Oberkustodin for
Paradise Lost - natural history museum collections as a mirror of human worldview

10.50 clock Coffee break

Media and techniques of recording and its importance for artistic and naturalistic cognitive processes

11.20 clock
Dr. Anne Marno, Heinrich-Heine University in Dusseldorf, Institute for History of Medicine and Institute of Art History
Between objectivity 'and Imagination: On the influence of imaging techniques in medicine in contemporary works of fine art on the example of the X-Ray Style by Nick Veasey

12.00 clock
Prof. Dr. Hans Dickel, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Department of Art History
perception and conception of nature in contemporary art. A look at their media and techniques

12.40 clock lunch break

13.15 clock short guided tour of the natural history in the 20th and 21st centuries in the collection of the Sprengel Museum Hannover with Dorte Wiegand MA (reservation required)

Adaptation of operating principles of the nature and principles of order of natural history through art

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Prof. Dr. Christian Janecke, Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach
forms without us. Changes of chance in the relationship between nature and art

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Prof. Dr. Friedrich Weltzien, University of Hannover, Faculty III - Media, Information and Design
waves and cells. Willi Baumeister and the image of the amorphous nature

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Prof. Dr. Carolin Höfler, Fachhochschule Köln, Faculty of Cultural Studies
"The imaginative vision is structure-oriented." Strategies of the unification of art and science

16.00 clock Coffee break

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Dr. Kassandra Nakas, University of the Arts, Department of History and Theory of Design
To / disorders. Nature and natural history in contemporary art

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Julia Bayerl MA, University of Potsdam, BMBF joint project "Alexander von Humboldt's American Travel diaries: genealogy, chronology and epistemology"
Humboldt Revisited: Artistic Nature research on the 8th Berlin Biennale

Friday, September 11, 2015

The role of the artist as a naturalist researcher

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Dr. Heike Thienenkamp, Bielefeld University, Department of Art and Music Education
to appropriate biotechnological topics and methods through art

10.10 clock
Hubertus Butin, a freelance journalist and curator, Berlin
The interior of the atom - Gerhard Richter's artistic reflections nanotechnological visualizations

10.50 clock Coffee break

11.20 clock
Dr. Isabelle Schwarz, Sprengel Museum Hannover
hermaphrodites between natural history and film artists (based on Jean Painlevé)

12.00 clock
Maria Bremer MA, Freie Universität Berlin / ERC / German Forum for Art History, Paris
"science without question". Artistic Grenzgänge the example of Paul-Armand Gettes, À travers le Paysage '

12.40 clock lunch break

Lower Saxony State Museum:
Abstract on object: von Humboldt and the natural history of the example of the fat bird (Steatornis) with Dr. Annette Richter

Naturkundliche forms of presentation and their influence on the artistic practice

14.00 clock
Dr. Martina Dlugaiczyk, University of Trier, ERC project artifex, Chair Art History
Architectonicidae Architectonica - Architect (ur) s and natural sciences.Thoughts on the active power of teaching collections at the beginning of the modern age

14.40 clock
Dr. Uta grain Meier, Center for Literary and Cultural Research in Berlin, scientific coordinator of the research project, skull base knowledge. Cultural implications of plastic surgery of the skull 'and PD Dr. Georg Toepfer Center for Literary and Cultural Research in Berlin, head of research department of life knowledge and the research project, The migratory limits of biology' Nature in the box.
Aesthetic and museum answers to the problem of natural history dioramas

15.20 clock
Prof. Dr. Claudia Hattendorff, University of Giessen, Institute of Art Education
Nature - Art - migration. The "Diorama" by Hiroshi Sugimoto

from 16.00 clock excursion (leaving at the main entrance) walk through selected tray areas of the Lower Saxony State Museum Hannover with Dr. Annette Richter, Oberkustodin of Natural History, and conversation with the artist Julia Schmid, Hannover

Saturday, September 12 2015

Creations of Natural History

9.30 clock
Prof. Dr. Verena Kuni, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Department of Art Education, Visual Culture
Aesthetics and Communication of the species

10.10 clock
Prof. Dr. Hugo Fortes, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Natural Sciences representation models in contemporary art

10.50 clock Coffee break

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Dr. the. Isabella Augart, University of Hamburg, Department of Art History
Graham Sutherland's "bestiaries". Naturkundliche forms of presentation and their influence on the artistic practice

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Linn Burchert MA, University of Jena, Kunsthistorisches Seminar
Between Myth and model. Natural additions Remedios Varo

12.40 clock lunch break

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Dr. of Kerstin Borchardt, University of Leipzig, Department of Art History.
Greifbar and ghastly: The Monster as a cipher of science in modern art

14.00 clock
Annalena Seiser MA, University of Potsdam, Institute for Arts and Media
Cultured images, vivid statues

14.40 clock final discussion

Participation in the conference is free.
Registration is requested under tagung.naturgeschichte

Sprengel Museum Hannover
Kurt Schwitters-Platz
30169 Hannover
Tel. 0511 - 168 4 38 75

Anne Rose Kessler MA
Dr. Isabelle Black


CONF:. Natural History of the 20th & 21th century (Hannover 10-12 Sep 15).In: H-ArtHist, Sep 3, 2015 (Accessed September 3, 2015), <>.

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