Prosjektbeskrivelse Natalie Field:
This artistic research project by Natalie Field in collaboration with the Museene i Sør-Trøndelag will explore the more-than-human in museum artifacts. By studying contemporary displays and archives, both physical and photographic, the artist will work to uncover: How animal surfaces are made visible, or in some cases invisible, in public collections? How the object can be separated from the artifact by refocusing on the material itself? And how we can follow that materiality to discover object-oriented ontologies?
The artist believes that much can be gleaned about our relationship with our nonhuman counterparts by looking at the ways in which living materials are represented in cultural institutions, like those under the umbrella of MiST. Where animals are present but perhaps invisible: the ready-made in an artwork, the skin on a drum, the handle of a knife. Field proposes that we, as artists, museum curators and public, challenge ourselves to look at the museum collections with renewed interest in the materials themselves: objects in a state of flux, vacillating between functional and ornamental, natural and man-made, living and dead.