Virtual exhibit: What Would a Microbe Say?

Date(s) - 01/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
12:00 am

School Of Human Ecology


What Would a Microbe Say? is now available to view online.

crocheted membranes of human limbs

“Crocheted membrane,” by Sonja Bäumel.

In this exhibition, artist Sonja Bäumel, collaborating with Helen Blackwell of the UW–Madison Department of Chemistry, explores the perception of what bodies are made of through microbes and the body’s surface. Bäumel reimagines skin as a fictional layer of communication, a multi-being landscape linked to the discovery of the human microbiome, which established the body as a walking biotope. Through the works in this exhibition, Bäumel examine how scientific knowledge has influenced the way we have perceived and interpreted the human body historically, and how this impacts our current society and the cultural contexts in which we act.

Contact for questions about the event: Laura S Peck,, 608-262-3623

Location: Ruth Davis Design Gallery, Rm 1210 | Online

Find the show’s original press release and high-res images online here (public Box folder).

To view all exhibits that the Center for Design and Material Culture has converted to virtual shows, please visit the School of Human Ecology events calendar.