Picturing the Invisible presents different disciplinary approaches to articulating the invisible, that which is not known or that which is not provable. The challenge that we have seen is how to articulate these concepts, not only to those within a particular academic field but beyond, to other disciplines and society at large. As our understanding of the complexity of the world grows incrementally, so does our realisation that issues and problems can rarely be resolved within neat demarcations. Therefore, the importance of finding means of communicating across disciplines and fields becomes a priority. Whilst acknowledging the essential importance of the specialist academic, the capacity to understand other disciplines, their priorities, methodologies and even the language used can become crucial in being an effective instrument for change.
This book brings together insights from leading academics from a wide range of disciplines including Art and Design, Curatorial Practice, Literature, Forensic Science, Fashion, Medical Science, Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Philosophy, Astrophysics and Architecture with a shared interest in exploring how, in each discipline, we strive to find expression for the invisible or unknown, and to draw out and articulate some of the explicit and tacit ways of communicating those concepts that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Paul Coldwell is Professor in Fine Art (Printmaking) at the University of the Arts London.
Ruth M. Morgan is Professor of Crime and Forensic Science at UCL, Director of the UCL Centre for the Forensic Sciences and Vice Dean (Interdisciplinarity Entrepreneurship) in the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences.
List of figures
List of contributors
Ruth M. Morgan
1. Forensic science, revealing the unseen and the unknown
Ruth M. Morgan
2. Revealing the invisible and inaudible in UCL Special Collections
Adam Gibson, Tabitha Tuckett, Katy Makin, Cerys Jones, Jieran Sun and Melissa Terras
Communication and language
3. Picturing the invisible in site-responsive art practice
4. Implicit relationship experience and picturing the invisible in psychoanalysis
5. The invisible universe
6. Picturing the Mind
7. The formidable challenge of (MRI) invisible prostate cancer
Joseph Norris and Mark Emberton
Absence and voids
8. The fragmentary exhibition: tactics towards making architecture visible
9. Seeing things: Anna Mary Howitt in art history
10. The invisible between philosophy, art and pregnancy
11. The aesthetics of silence, withdrawal and negation in conceptual art
12. The dictionary of invisible meanings
234 × 156 mm
87 colour illustrations
January 17, 2022