Information — An exhibition curated and designed by Danne Ojeda

PAPER BRAINS is an exhibition curated by Danne Ojeda in collaboration with Lisa Kuitert (Book and Manuscript Studies) and the Special Collections Library, University of Amsterdam

PAPER BRAINS exhibition
Interaction with an enlarged fugitive sheet
Figures reproduced from Le corps humain..., 1879.


PAPER BRAINS is an exhibition curated by Danne Ojeda in collaboration with Lisa Kuitert (Book and Manuscript Studies) and the Special Collections Library, University of Amsterdam

 

One of the most recurrent metaphors about books is that they are journeys across authors’ brains. Conversely, the exhibition Paper Brains is a gaze at different reproductions, ‘dissections’, and artistic interpretations of selected brains re-presentations. It approaches the question of how the human brain has been represented as a subject of study throughout different epochs in prints and books. The exhibition hints at the multiplicity of ‘readings’ of the brain from scientific and artistic perspectives.

Largely based on the archive of the Special Collections Library, University of Amsterdam, Paper Brains showcases a visual continuum about how human brains have been layered down and printed on book pages. The exhibition includes reproductions made by Andreas Vesalius, whose seminal work De humani corporis fabrica (Basel, 1543) defined the Renaissance’s groundbreaking representation of comprehensive anatomical structures through illustrations and prints. The display extends up to recent Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), a sequence-scanning technique that segments the brain for clinical diagnosis. 


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Exhibition assistance
Szilvia Mondel
Eline Kortekaas

Exhibition design 
Danne Ojeda, d-file studio

Photography
Stefanie Archer

Supported by
Book Studies department, Faculty of Humanities, 
University of Amsterdam
School of Art, Design and Media, 
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
 
Acknowledgments
Agaath Homminga
Ihab Saloul
Georges Petitjean
Noelia Vega Guerra
Poh Chueh Loo
Tan Cher Heng
Rubén de la Nuez
Gerald Chin
Freek Kuin
Loes Kops
Rhea Palisoc Caburnay
Christa-Maria Lerm-Hayes
Annika Rulkens
Annemarie Maenen
Riwi ColloType

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Exhibition dates
22. 06 – 17. 07. 2017 

Place
Book & Manuscript Studies
Turfdraagsterpad 15 – 17, 1012 XT
Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam (UvA)
The Netherlands