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Material Matter – Material Cultures of Science and Medicine

Edited by Georgia Cherry and Frankie Kubicki

 

Offering a new forum for unpublished and emerging research, material matter explores the intriguing visual and material cultures of medicine, science and technology. Employing an interdisciplinary approach and a wide geographical and temporal scope, it examines and contextualises diverse subjects from the design of submarines to the development of synthetic skins. Whether addressing production, consumption, dissemination or design change; the column is interested in the insights offered by visual and material sources, and their significance in challenging and affirming established narratives. In light of the growing interest in material sources, it is hoped it will offer a new platform for the stimulation, communication and discussion of such research, across a number of interested disciplines and institutions. Featuring articles, editorials and reviews, co-editors Georgia Lauren Cherry and Frankie Kubicki warmly welcome contributions and collaborations.


 

Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration – An Interview with Richard Barnett

Frankie Kubicki and Georgia Lauren Cherry   Dr Richard Barnett is a historian of medicine, a writer and broadcaster, and an award-winning poet. As one of the first Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellows he has spent the past few years encouraging many different groups to explore medicine’s past. His latest book is the lavishly-illustrated The Sick

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‘My spiritual torment is unbearable’:
Who is responsible for the AK47?

Frankie Kubicki and Georgia Lauren Cherry   Three months after the death of Mikhail Kalashnikov – inventor of the AK-47 – as the problems in the Crimea continue to develop we have been ruminating on the impact of Russian militarism, arguably embodied in this infamous weapon. The AK-47 has been described as ‘Russia’s most successful

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Designing Invisible Bodies

Lauren Fried   ‘After the operation, they can melt into the world in which they want to live’.[1]  On the last day of the ‘First International Symposium on Gender Identity’ in July 27 1969, Dr John Money appeared before a conglomeration of newspaper, television and radio reporters, who had gathered at London’s Piccadilly Hotel for

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Profession, Prevention and Prescription at the V&A

Georgia Lauren Cherry   Boasting a combined collection of over 2,000,000 artefacts the V&A is often noted as the world’s greatest museum of decorative arts and design .[1]  With galleries dedicated to ceramics, sculpture, architecture, print and performance, its collections range from Fashion, Textiles and Furniture, to Metalwork and Photography. Yet despite efforts to display the

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‘I’m Ready for My Close Up’:
Film and the Machine

Frankie Kubicki   In a dark room on the fifth floor of MoMA you can find the three films that are the subject of this piece. [1] Flanked by Monet’s Water Lilies (1914-1926) and Picasso’s Three Women of The Spring (1921), they are testament to a particular sort of avant-garde vision of industry and machinery.

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Science and the Imagination:
Poe and the Daguerreotype

Frankie Kubicki     Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) is perhaps best known for the infamous refrain of ‘nevermore’ or his influence over the horror genre; however both his writing, and his personal life, was increasingly varied. Before becoming a poet he served in the army, and also supported himself by working as an editor and

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