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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


CASEBOOKS: Six contemporary artists and an extraordinary medical archive

17 March – 23 April 2017, Ambika P3, University of Westminster (Marylebone Campus), London

Opening hours: Tuesday–Friday, 11am–7pm; Saturday–Sunday, 12pm–6pm. Closed Mondays except Easter Monday (17 April). Admission free.

A series of events will accompany the exhibition.


Ambika P3 and the Casebooks Project at the University of Cambridge present CASEBOOKS, a major exhibition investigating one of the largest surviving sets of medical records in the world. International contemporary artists Jasmina Cibic, Federico Díaz, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Rémy Markowitsch, Lindsay Seers and Tunga present a diverse and radical range of responses to the manuscripts of 17th-century English astrologer-physicians Simon Forman and Richard Napier.

Inspired by ideas of alchemy, astrology, power, prophecy, knowledge and the materiality and content of the archive, CASEBOOKS presents six new works spanning sculpture, video and audio installation, live performance, robotics and artificial intelligence.

CASEBOOKS is curated by Dr Michael Mazière and is a collaboration between the Casebooks Project, Ambika P3, and the artists. The Casebooks side of the collaboration has been led by Dr Lauren Kassell, Director of the Casebooks Project, and Dr Natalie Kaoukji, Research Fellow at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge. The exhibition is funded by a Wellcome Trust Provision for Public Engagement, produced in partnership with the University of Cambridge and Ambika P3, supported by the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

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