Yesterday I facilitated an informal public talk and debate entitled Natural Nostalgia at The Tetley, Leeds.
We covered many, many areas of debate concerning the relationship between taxidermy (and nature preservation more broadly), and notions of nostalgia, longing, memory and marking time. Many thanks to those who attended, some really interesting ideas were raised, from the ethics of Gunter von Hagen’s Bodyworlds, to the origin of culturally constructed nature clichés such as the classic ‘robin-perched-on-letterbox-in-the snow’ Christmas card!
The seminar was part of Aidan Moseby’s residency ‘No Time for Nostalgia’, and to make things even better, we were treated to free ice-cream! Thanks Tetley!