“Animal Mimicry and the Media of Reconnaissance”
Artist Talk by Hanna Rose Shell
Saturday, June 28th, 2008
This event explores the â€œmixed-mediaâ€ foundations of modern camouflage. Protective coloration in nature motivated Thayerâ€™s media experiments in science and illusion, concealment and revelation. Artist and historian Hanna Rose Shell focuses the story on artist, naturalist and media innovator Abbott Handerson Thayer (1854-1921). In 1896, he first articulated his laws of â€œobliterative colorationâ€ and â€œdisruptive patterning.â€ Over the next fifteen years, Thayer attempted scientific proof of his laws through the production, dissemination, and demonstration of three-dimensional models and stencils. He incorporated media (including photographs, films, skins, textiles and paints) into interactive collages and installations. A science and practice of protective concealment was in the making. Come see!!
Hanna Rose Shellâ€™s talk is based on HIDE AND SEEK (Zone Books) a forthcoming book that examines how, why and to what effect camouflage emerged in the twentieth century. It was coined as a word and implemented as set of linked scientific theories, media practices and formulations of identity based on media interactivity and immersion into nature.