Unsorted; Problems; Miscellaneous;
These are some of the ways of being out of order at the London Natural History Museum. Other categories of the uncategorised include to be incorporated when space allows and pending xenophora.
Some of the drawers to which these beings are consigned have not been opened in two hundred years. Mollusca, once the subject of Victorian fad, are now so low on the hierarchy of priorities, they would have been disposed of long ago but for the tiny inscriptions with dates and the name of their collector.
Many of these creatures are either already extinct, or will have gone extinct within the 25 years it will take to sort them into a museum category. They are, like all of us, suspended between states of knowledge and oblivion.
This work was brought to life in collaboration with:
Unwhorl Collective (the snails)
Mattia Pretolani (architect)
Jordan Sand (composer)
T. Craig Sinclair (architect)
In conversation, always, with Clemens Driessen
Kick-off Work Period
Mari Bastashevski: Pending Xenophora
Friday 8th of July, 17:30 - 19:00
Mediamatic | Dijksgracht 6
1019 BS Amsterdam