That Dark Cabinet: Building the Morbid Anatomy Museum

Robert Kirkbride

Abstract


This brief essay retraces several circuitous yet interlacing story lines that culminated in the construction of the Morbid Anatomy Museum, in 2014. I consider how uncertainty and methods of inquiry, such as the close reading of artifacts, buildings, texts and contexts, have fueled my work and informed such new habits of mind as upstreaming. Throughout, my desire to understand how artifacts and buildings are used has centered on the physicality of thought and the roles of multisensorial perception in shaping our constructed environment.



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