Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Seeing animals at the Wellcome Collection

An eclectic little show this one that tries to group things by theme, but ends up with too much of nothing particularly connected, although packed with plenty of curiosities. Perhaps that was its meta intention.

I was interested in the craziness of teaching birds to sing human compositions, and various scary bio-engineering experiments like the alcoholic rat and the living film. It certainly provoked a conversation on bio-ethics, again, perhaps the point, although not explicitly pedagogic in that sense.

Still, and for all, that I'd rather stay with the plumage of birds of paradise and the coloured soil paintings for their simplicity and wonder at the extant world.

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