"The Great Munich Bug Hunt" (1993)

"The Great Munich Bug Hunt," 1993
Tree, collecting cabinet, specimens, and lab equipment, dimensions variable. Installation view: K-Raum Daxer, Munich
Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

"I am very interested in the figure of the dilettante, the amateur. Amateurs have made great contributions in science, but now we live in a time when there’s such a radical degree of specialization that it’s very difficult for professionals in physics or biology to be able to communicate to a general public. Trying to be this character in between is fascinating. At the same time, I’m always suspicious of the way artists use science because science has such tremendous influence and authority in our culture. Whenever you encounter the kind of authority that seems unquestioned and unquestionable you need to find ways to challenge it." - Mark Dion ...

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"I am very interested in the figure of the dilettante, the amateur. Amateurs have made great contributions in science, but now we live in a time when there’s such a radical degree of specialization that it’s very difficult for professionals in physics or biology to be able to communicate to a general public. Trying to be this character in between is fascinating. At the same time, I’m always suspicious of the way artists use science because science has such tremendous influence and authority in our culture. Whenever you encounter the kind of authority that seems unquestioned and unquestionable you need to find ways to challenge it."

- Mark Dion

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