In 2003-04, Justine Cooper was artist-in-residence at the American Museum of Natural History, New York. Her access to the Museum's collections was unprecedented, as she was the first artist-in-residence at the Museum in its almost 150-year history.
During the residency Cooper documented the collections and storage areas of the Museum in a series of photographs, -Saved by science-, and the video work S.O.S. (Sounds of science). A rare glimpse into one of the world-s great natural history museums, these works examine how disparate items collected from the nineteenth century onwards have been transformed into objects of Western scientific knowledge and value.
Cooper is an internationally recognised artist whose work ranges from photography to animation, video and installation. She is fascinated by the intersections of science and art and by the relationships between science and society as a whole.
Cooper-s work has been exhibited internationally in over 50 exhibitions and screenings. She has also completed residencies in Beijing, Santa Fe, Seattle, and the World Trade Center, New York. In 2004, Cooper was the recipient of the Australia Council New Media Arts Fellowship, a two-year grant awarded to an artist of outstanding artistic achievement and potential. Cooper-s art is held in public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne; and the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
Gallery 6, QAG / Pelican Pool Lounge, QAG (Kids' APT)
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