Ecological Vulnerability and the Oceans in Contemporary Exhibitions

Saturday 28 April, 2–6pm
Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) South Wing, Wilkins Building
UCL, Gower Street

At a time when the Natural History Museum, London, has launched a new paradigm of scientific display by installing ‘Hope’, a blue whale skeleton in its central hall, how does the display of contemporary art correspond and in what ways might it react differently to these issues? explore the complex relationships between marine wildlife, ocean ecosystems and human activity, examining how artistic-scientific collaboration can address these pressing concerns through exhibitions.

Speakers include:

  • Bergit Arends (Curator/Researcher, Royal Holloway, University of London, Science Museum) Stefanie Hessler (Curator TBA21–Academy/Editor of Tidalectics, 2018)
  • Celina Jeffery (Associate Professor of Art History & Theory, University of Ottawa/Ephemeral Coast) Richard Sabin (Principal Curator: Mammals, Natural History Museum, London)
  • Alice Sharp (Curator & Director, Invisible Dust) Pandora Syperek (Postdoctoral Researcher, Art History) Sarah Wade (Researcher, UCL Art History)

Organised by Dr Pandora Syperek and Dr Sarah Wade with funding from the UCL IAS Octagon Small Grants Fund & support from the Department of History of Art, UCL.

This symposium is free to attend but please register by emailing: The event will be followed by a drinks reception.