POSTPONED: What Would a Microbe Say?

Date(s) - 04/29/2020 - 06/07/2020
12:00 am

School Of Human Ecology


crocheted membranes of human limbs

“Crocheted membrane,” by Sonja Bäumel.

POSTPONED due to COVID-19: More details to follow.

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 | Spring 2020 hours posted here.

Find the press release and high-res images for this show online here (public Box folder).

Schedule of programming forthcoming. Check back for more.