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London's Global Bitters Cabinet

Showcasing a collection of bitters, tinctures and lotions used and sold on the streets of London this multimedia installation explores London's diasporic traditions and current uses of plant-based alcoholic remedies.

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19 November to 17 December 2010
Private View: 18 November 7pm

Showcasing a collection of bitters, tinctures and lotions used and sold on the streets of London this multimedia installation explores London's diasporic traditions and current uses of plant-based alcoholic remedies.

Visual anthropologist and ethnobotanist Dr Ricardo Leizaola illustrates some of the intersections between and among nominally different ways of thinking about and displaying knowledge of plants. By experimenting with digital media this collection/installation explores aesthetic and social aspects of a botanical collection and its making.

It is conceptually located at the intersection of several disciplines such as botany (economic botany), pharmacology, anthropology (material culture, ethnobotany, medical anthropology, visual anthropology), and visual arts (collection display and installation). It may be simultaneously considered a botanical spirit collection, an apothecary display, a bar-bitter cabinet, a curiosity cabinet and an art installation. It brings together diverse cultural traditions hidden in domestic and informal areas of contemporary London by exploring the cross-cultural practice of bitter making.


Event Information

Location: Richard Hoggart Building. Kingsway Corridor.
Cost: Free
Website: Centre for Visual Anthropology
Department: Centre for Visual Anthropology

Times:

  • 17 November 2010, 10:00 - 19:00
    Closing Day
  • 18 November 2010, 19:00 - 21:00
    Private view
  • 19 November 2010, 14:00 - 21:00
    Open Day

For Further Details

E-mail: r.leizaola

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