Medical Museion is a university museum, which combines museum practices with interdisciplinary research. In the intersection between medical humanities, history, philosophy, museum studies, anthropology, science studies, scientific communication, art and design, several projects arise. Here, you can see our interdisciplinary research projects.
In a series of installations, artist Isabella Martin is inspired by scientific research into circadian rhythms.
Displayed in The Maersk Tower in Copenhagen 2023.
What happens when we realize that we never eat alone, but always eat together with, for, and thanks to others species? To dive deeper into humans’ complex relationship with the microbes in our bodies, the project Sensing Holobiont – Flavourful Rituals for Metabolic Companions explores what it means to understand oneself as an ecosystem in the intersection between art, food and science. The performative live artwork is a result of a close collaboration between Medical Museion, the artist duo Baum & Leahy and Center for Biosustainability, DTU.
The world is in you
This exhibition explores how the socalled “outside world” is present in and forms our bodies and daily, physiological existence through scientific, artistic and cultural lenses. The project ran in the period 2019-2022 and culminated with an exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in the fall of 2021.
Microbes on the mind
Trillions of bacteria live in our bodies and guts, affecting the development and capabilities of our brain. The Project Microbes on the Mind explores how research into the microbiome affect our understanding of mental disorders and the treatment of these.
The Microbes on the Mind-Project ran in the period 2019-2022 and was supported by the Velux Foundation.
The Living Room
The Living Room is an experimental project, where we explore the different life stages of – from frozen hibernation, which extends life, to accelerated decay. At different levels from the microscopic world of fungi, bacteria and microbiota to macroscopic influences from temperature, humidity and light. By engaging ourselves in objects as ‘metabolic’ across the organic/inorganic divide, an aim for the project is to make the invisible conservation practices visible.
We live in a time with increased focus on circulation, exchange, connections and temporality, stretching from cells to society. Perhaps a metabolic age? The project Metabolic Objects explores metabolism in a broad sense and wishes to establish a future collection of metabolic objects. In our search for metabolic objects, we focus on four domains: the museum, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR), contemporary food culture and BioArt.
We are all pieces of time. Circadian rhythms connect our bodies with the world around us – clocks in our cells regulate our eating-, sleeping- and training patterns. The Body Time-project is interested in these rhythms; temporarity and health in the laboratory, in history and in the public.
Culture Night at Charlottenborg. Foto: Vilde Livsdatter
How do our visitors feel about our exhibitions and galleries? How does our interdisciplinary approach to art, science and history affect the way visitors think about their own lives and relate to the world? At Medical Museion, a group of researchers are very interested to understand more about our audiences. From Mind the Gut to The World is in You, we want to understand how our unique approach affects visitor experiences. We collaborate with our Front of House colleagues so that these insights can improve the experience for all of our Museion visitors.
Z-Time is an interdisciplinary, collaborative research project focusing on the practices of circadian science. We interrogate the practices of chronobiology to understand how scientists experience their own circadian rhythms and how these rhythms are affected by the demands of scientific experiments. We are also interested in the way that the science of chronobiology can help us understand our own bodies as beings in time. We produce artworks, public talks and podcasts, academic articles and more. The core project team is composed of researcher Kristin Hussey and artist Isabella Martin in collaboration with scientists from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR).