Monday, July 26, 2010

Casting the hounds

The hunt is afoot in the Medical Museum Collection, as we here in Historical Collections & Archives team up with artist Beth Robinson for what promises to be an exciting and innovative project for both the institution and the hunters.

As she announced on her blog this weekend, Robinson will be leading a group of artists in a "structured scavenger hunt" for objects in the collection, which will then be reinterpreted or "recreated" into new pieces to provide new "solutions." The resulting artwork will be shown in the Hoffman Gallery of the Oregon College of Art & Craft in July 2011.

Part of the "structure" is that a pool of objects will be preselected for the hunt, to ensure that the objects chosen are sturdy enough to hold up to inspection and handling. You'll probably be hearing more about that process in this space as we move through the fall, so stay tuned. (I for one hope somebody picks the cataphoric vaginal electrode.)

By the way, regular readers might remember when Robinson first visited us back in July of 2009; I still carry some of her excitement about our materials with me whenever I venture into the realia...

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