[artinfo] Bacteria, Art and other Incommodities: 15.5., Copenhagen

Slavko Kacunko slavko.kacunko at googlemail.com
Sun May 10 22:15:13 CEST 2015

Bacteria, Art and other Incommodities: Bacteria in Art, Sciences and Humanities

An interdisciplinary conference in cooperation 
with Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, 
Medical Museion and Goethe-Institut Dänemark, 
Copenhagen: 15.05.15


“We live in the age of bacteria” - thus, puts the 
paleontologist and evolution biologist Stephen 
Jay Gould an apparent paradox to a point: For it 
precisely these – the oldest, smallest, most 
ubiquitous and abundant as well as structurally 
simplest, diverse and variant organisms – that 
become increasingly the focus of attention when 
we pose the question, today, of the nature of 
life itself. All of this goes to the heart of the 
human self-image, bringing bacteria both as 
matter and as a metaphor squarely into the center 
focus for philosophy, art and the natural 
sciences. The conference explores why, how and 
when bacteria broke the boundaries of specialized 
disciplines and began to serve as materials, 
motives, models and metaphors in new contexts of 
knowledge production. The spotlight, however, 
will be focused on bacteria, ‘booster’ of the 
emergent research fields at the intersections of 
medicine, natural sciences, humanities and the 

In addition to the multi-perspective academic 
exchange of ideas, there will be an art 
performance (Sabine Kacunko) open to the broader 

Time: May 15th 2015, 09:00
Place: Medical Museion, Bredgade 62, 1260 Copenhagen

The event is free and open to all.

Slavko Kacunko, PD Dr. Phil. Habil.
Professor, Art History and Visual Culture
Department of Arts and Cultural Studies
Karen Blixensvej 1
2300 Copenhagen S


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