nanoq: flat out and bluesome
A Cultural Life of Polar Bears
Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson
A photographic history of taxidermied polar bears considering the broader history of hunting and the display of stuffed animals as trophies and museum specimens. Highly illustrated with the photographic work of the artists, as well as unpublished images of polar bears in captivity from the late nineteenth century. Four essays by Patricia Ellis, Dr. Steve Baker, Michelle Henning and Dr. Garry Marvin include topics such as animals in contemporary art and contemporary trophy hunting in America. Part of the story laid out in Nanoq: flat out and bluesome unpacks what it is to exoticise something – to consider the poignancy of souvenirs, and the intrinsic sadness and ultimate futility of collecting things by which we seek to remember places and events. The photographic images are taken with a medium format camera to enable enlargement with maximum clarity, offering intimate detail of the polar bears collected by the artists, giving the images a grandeur and elegaic atmosphere. This book charts the work of artists Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson, who between 2002 and 2004 undertook a survey of taxidermic polar bears in the UK. The book is a lavishly illustrated document of the research and resulting photographs, including essays by the artists, as well as essays by leading academics on the topics of taxidermy, trophy-hunting and the depiction of animals in art. Looking at the shifting relationship between the wild and its depiction in our museums and galleries, the title references the melancholy that these majestic creatures, taken from their natural habitats, evoke in the viewer.
GBP £19.95 / US $29.95 / CAN $39.95
ISBN: 1 904772 39 0
7.5 x 10 in
200 color ills
Ship Date Jan 2006
Pub Date Feb 2006
Black Dog Publishing
HEAT: ART AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Heat: Art and Climate Change is a major international art exhibitionand publication curated by Dr Linda Williams (Senior Lecturer in Cultural History Theory, Research Leader- Arts and Sustainability, School of Art). The exhibition included Australian and international artists working in a diverse range of media to demonstrate how contemporary international art practice is responding to the impacts of climate change.
Dr Linda Williams (Curator), Suzanne Davies (Director and Chief Curator, RMIT Gallery) (Curator) and Sarah Morris (Curator), Max Eastley and David Buckland; Bonita Ely, Rew Hanks, Ash Keating and the 2020 Project, Janet Laurenc, Sam Leach, Tony Lloyd, Anne Noble, Jill Ore, Simon Perry, Greg Pryor, Georgina Read, Martin Rieser, Klaus Rinke, Cameron Robbins, Philip Samartzis and Michael Vorfeld, Roslyn Taplin, Mark Wilson and Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir, Ken Yonetani
Published by RMIT Gallery,
Editor: Suzanne Davies,
Curator: Dr. Linda Williams with Suzanne Davies and Sarah Morris
Bipolar is a interdisciplinary polar archive created for International Polar Year 2007-08. It is published to mark the 'Polar Archives' symposium and series of talks, held at the British Library in Autumn 2007, which brought together leading artists, scholars, scientists and thinkers to explore how our knowledge of the Polar regions is constructed and how it can be enriched.
The book features essays from the renowned geographer Denis Cosgrove and cultural critic Kathryn Yusoff, and over 30 'archives' contributed by the symposium participants that investigate various records — visual, personal, historical, chemical, biological — that can enrich and extend our engagement with the Polar regions and their effect on global environments. The collection investigates how archives place demands on us to think about what is vital in that knowledge—vital to our present work and to the work to come—the basis on which we remake worlds. With the Polar regions under increasing pressure due to climate change, both environmentally and geopolitically, these archives assume their most potent role as the basis on which we imagine and shape the futures of both polar and global spaces.
Authors include Denis Cosgrove, Kathryn Yusoff, Nicola Triscott, Eric Wolff, Heather Frazar, Rachel Weiss, London Fieldworks, Stephan Harrison, Marko Peljhan, Katrina Dean, Anne Brodie, Sverker Sörlin, Simon Faithfull, Aqqaluk Lynge and Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson.
Edited by Kathryn Yusoff
Published by The Arts Catalyst, 2008
Designed by PKMB/Paul Khera
Full colour, 128 pages, softback.
Dimensions 220 x 170mm.