MUSE Seminars


Medical Museion hosts a seminar series aimed at investigating current questions and problems facing science communication and museum practices in the light of the recent history of the biomedical sciences. The papers will present scholars working on material culture, science communication, medical science and technology studies and related fields. The Museion MUSE seminar series is part of a science communication/public engagement research project aimed at developing new research-based and experimental methods in science communication, as well as furthering theoretical engagements in this area.

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When and Where? Seminars will take place at 15.00-16.30 in the auditorium at Medical Museion at Bredgade 62, 1260 København K.


April 27th: Artistic research: interventions with Medical Museion

Speaker: Lucy Lyons, Medical Museion

Artistic research is still seen as relatively new but its interventions within many fields define it as being a genuinely interdisciplinary mode of enquiry. Often employed as a useful method for reflecting on other research especially within the sciences, there is a great deal of evidence showing how technology and science impact on art. But how does artistic research impact on these other fields and beyond academic institutions?

My research at Medical Museion was concerned with applying drawing research methodologies to medical science communication. This involved a series of investigative workshops called ‘Now I see it!’ that tested how the activity of drawing could be used as a method for gaining better understanding of aspects of healthcare. This was done through a programme of workshops where groups of participants were invited to draw medical objects from the museum collections. The project also included research into the use of drawing as a tool for communicating healthcare issues by revealing new insights into the overly familiar and often overlooked subject of ageing.

Objects from the collections were utilized and the museum itself was used as a practical space in which to test theories and produce results. The Exhibition ‘Experiences of Ageing’ which opens at Medical Museion on 27th April 2012, is one of the outcomes of this research.

I will conclude that this exhibition and the fact that an artist was allowed to undertake research in the Faculty of Health Sciences, are evidence of the impact of drawing research’s intervention with other disciplines and with the public space of the museum.