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Artwork From Kathy High on Display in New Exhibition in Denmark

Artwork From Kathy High on Display in New Exhibition in Denmark



By Jeanne Hedden Gallagher

September 30, 2021

Kathy High, a professor in the School for Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, was selected to participate in an exhibition, The World is in You, curated by Medical Museion, a museum and research center at the University of Copenhagen dedicated to the history of medicine.


High, an interdisciplinary artist who has long worked at the intersection of biology, technology, and art, had two works of art chosen to present.


Landscape of Lost Microbes is a research series on missing microbes in which High and her collaborator, William DePaolo from the University of Washington, plated their own fecal samples side by side on petri dishes to compare the diversity of bacteria in their individual biomes.


The second exhibit represents research by High and Guy Schaffer, a lecturer in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer, into the role of feces and gut microbiome in human behavior and culture throughout history.


The World is in You is a science engagement project that examines the connections between the microcosmic world of bacteria, fungi, and viruses and the macrocosmic planetary structures that support human existence.


The exhibition is on display in person at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg. It opens on September 30 and runs through January 16 of next year.


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