The Way of the Specimen – Lecture by Jacek Stefaniak
As part of the “Museum of the Anthropocene” exhibition, we invite you to a lecture by Jacek Stefaniak entitled “Droga okazu”, which will be held on Saturday, 15 of January 2022 at 12.00 in the Natural History Museum at ul. Sienkiewicza 21 in room 303. The organizers of the event are: Natural History Museum, MWW Wrocław Contemporary Museum and Wrocław Cultural Studies.
During the lecture it will be possible to learn how the objects get to the Natural History Museum, how they are classified, secured and what happens to them next, because in the case of natural history museums, death is often just the beginning of a rather active “life”. After the lecture, participants will have a unique opportunity to visit storerooms in the Natural History Museum.
For safety reasons, the limit of participants in the meeting is 15 people. It is mandatory to wear a mask during the lecture and on the museum premises. If you are interested in participating in the lecture, please fill out the form: https://tiny.pl/9172b.
Jacek Stefaniak (born ’86) – independent biologist, deputy director of the Natural History Museum UWr. Connected with the University for over 15 years, during which he dealt with bats, goats (fish – not to be confused with a certain horned representative of the cloven-hoofed animals), databases, martens, raccoons, GISem, catalogs, documentation of rock and flower collections, programming, IT equipment repair, metadata, guided tours and other typical museum activities. He is currently completing his doctorate and trying to figure out the best way to present the Natural History Museum’s collections online.
“Museum of the Anthropocene” is an exhibition prepared by students and staff of the Institute of Cultural Studies UWr in cooperation with the Natural History Museum and the Wrocław Contemporary Museum. Students participating in the specialisation seminar had the task to “intervene” in the framework of the permanent exhibition at the Natural History Museum. The idea of a “natural history museum” derives from the modern division of the world into “nature” and “culture”, and the narrative it tells usually ends with the emergence of man. The works presented in the exhibition are an attempt to “show the Anthropocene,” a postulated new era in the history of the Earth in which humans became the dominant influence on biological and geological processes.
The title “Museum of the Anthropocene” is a “museum of imagination”. It marks the space where nature and culture, human and non-human actors intertwine. It collects narratives and objects that bear witness to humans’ impact on the ecosystem. It tells stories related to species extinction, climate change, pollution. It also raises questions about the future of the natural history museum and sets a space for reflection on the threats humanity will face in the future. This space provides a forum for discussing how to protect ourselves from ecological disaster.
More information about the event HERE.
Translated by Agnieszka Borgul (student of English Studies at the University of Wrocław) as part of the translation practice.