From the Field to the Museum, 1 May 2014
A talk by Bergit Arends, addressing works by Mark Dion, with attention to fieldwork and re-enactment, set in relation to concepts of time and the Anthropocene. Dion's art uncovers the structures that govern the natural world, dissolving the boundary between nature and culture.
This event was the first in a rolling Pavilion series exploring 'the geological'.
Bergit Arends is an independent curator whose recent work includes Galapagos, a touring show of 13 artists' works based on research undertaken on the Ecuadorian archipelago. Arends was Curator of Art at the Natural History Museum in London from 2005 to 2013 where she curated a number of major exhibitions and commissioned works, in addition to an international artists-in-residence programme. Highlights include the exhibition Lucy + Jorge Orta: Amazonia, shown as part of International Year of Biodiversity in 2010 and Mark Dion: Systema Metropolis (2007).
In 2009 Arends commissioned artist Tania Kovats to create a new permanent art installation for the Museum's iconic Central Hall to mark the bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species. From 1999 to 2004 Arends managed the science and art programme at the Wellcome Trust. She studied Curating of Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art and is currently undertaking PhD research on the curation of environmental art projects in the Geography Department at Royal Holloway University of London.