Biological Hermeneutics

  • Sat 29 Jul - Sat 26 Aug 2017

Our summer exhibition, on now and until 26 August in the beautiful Victorian Waterhouse building, is an extraordinary body of work by trans-disciplinary artist Sarah Craske. ‘Biological Hermeneutics’ is based on a 300-year-old copy of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, discovering and making visible the microbial life that has silently accrued through the centuries upon its pages. Going beyond one specific book, the show is a speculative presentation of Biological Hermeneutics as an established and respected transdiscipline:

“Biological Hermeneutics is a branch of knowledge that develops the concept of books as centres of microbial data & data transfer by discovering, identifying and re-presenting the biological information contained by the physical page. Through artistic, historical & scientific enquiry, Biological Hermeneutic scholars believe that we should move from the traditional practice of collection & taxonomy of the physical archive & propose a new system of knowledge & understanding.” Sarah Craske, 2017

The establishment of the transdiscipline manifests itself in various artistic forms: signage of the exhibition; a visitor leaflet; a Wikipedia page; curated temporary displays within Chetham’s collections; a Biological Hermeneutic department temporarily installed on site; and an exhibition of The Metamorphoses Chapter, a complete retranslation of Book 3 into its microbial landscape.

Free entry

Monday – Friday 9.30-12.30 and 13.30-16.00

Saturday 11.00-16.00

Exhibition on now and closes 26 August