‘Parts per Animal’ (2015) was a collection of tissues used in the histological investigation of the visual system of nine blind Australian lungfishes. The specimens included three enucleated subcutaneous eyes, patches of skin and muscle tissue that covered the eyes of the fishes, a brain, and transverse sections of the eyes presented on stained microscope slides.
Part documentation, part aesthetic and affective object, ‘Parts per Animal’ were physical traces of the “Other” that illustrated 1) the utilitarian ideals in scientific methodology and presentation, 2) the reductionist, disembodied approach of scientific investigation, 3) how public institutions like museums, and art galleries shape our understanding of other animals such as lungfishes, and 4) my homage to the individuals that participated in my research.
Cernentia: Exploring the visual perception of lungfishes without eyes. Kidogo Art Institute | Fremantle, Western Australia. July 24-31 2015.
Photo credit: Julian Frichot.