Human Silver Halo
Medical Museion
Copenhagen

The exhibition Human Silver Halo was the first outcome from a period as a visiting Guest Curator at the Medical Museion. The project started with conceptual engagement with the Museion’s extensive collections of artefacts, the knowledgeable people working there and especially the auditorium dating from 1787 that is still in use today.

The Medical Museion’s spectacular auditorium is explored as a beautiful architectural manifestation of western society’s value systems governing power and knowledge. Museums are great centres of shared knowledge, and are rightfully valued and celebrated by society. These same collections are also evidence of human curiosity and our quest for knowledge. Especially interesting and distinct from other similar institutions are medical museums, distinguished by the simple fact that we all have some embodied knowledge of the subject matter.

During an accompanying artist residency at the Danish Art Workshops, a series of human sized analogue photographs of the Museion’s auditorium were made, along with images of medical instruments from the collections and a film of a female musician playing the harp in the empty auditorium. Analogue photography was the primary medium for this project owing to its use of silver, which since Hippocrates has been connected with healing. Though antibiotics have replaced the medical use of silver today, further research into its clinical potential is ongoing, signalling a very human reluctance to surrender the idea of its healing properties.

The publication Human Silver Halo – Seats of the Muses, which explores the notion of healing, accompanied the project; an item distributed free of charge to the viewer with texts by eleven interdisciplinary contributors including academics, architects, artists, designers, and philosophers.

A few of the exhibited photographs have small clusters of red circles drawn onto their surfaces, made with a technical ink pen. These nesting circles are simple handmade marks. They embrace the intricate and aesthetic, asking the viewer to contemplate both the deliberate handmade marks and the photograph that accommodates them. The photo and drawing represent different value systems that in the artwork are appreciated and questioned equally – considering approaches to flattening the hierarchy within the power of knowledge.

ANDREA JESPERSEN
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Human Silver Halo entrance showing
gaze-following (holding hands) hand-printed analogue gelatin silver print, red ink diptych, each 49cm x 60cm x 2.5cm
2012
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detail of drawing on one of the photographs in the piece gaze-following (holding hands)
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Andrea Jespersen
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Human Silver Halo installation shot
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Haystacks of Healing (part one, two, three)
hand-printed analogue gelatin silver print, medical barrier material, silver foil, red ink
each book approximately 30cm x 30cm x 2cm
2013
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Andrea Jespersen
Andrea Jespersen
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breath device
hand-printed analogue gelatin silver print
diptych, 30cm x 40cm x 4cm
2013
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detail of
Haystacks of Healing (part one, two, three)
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Andrea Jespersen
Andrea Jespersen
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Human Silver Halo installation shots
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Andrea Jespersen
Andrea Jespersen
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Thought Transmission
hand-printed analogue gelatin silver print
56cm x 66cm x 6cm
2012
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Tidy Table: model 51
51 laser cut paper on wood hexagons, colour pencil
50cm x 60cm x 4cm
2010 (2007)
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Andrea Jespersen
Andrea Jespersen
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Female Entanglement
hand-printed analogue gelatin silver print
30cm x 35cm x 8cm
2013
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common sense has no place at quantum level
video 3.54min, looped displayed on iPod
music by Trine Opsahl
2012 ...watch video here...
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Hubble
Sterling silver
10cm x 15cm x 10cm
2008
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Andrea Jespersen
Andrea Jespersen
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Human Silver Halo installation shot
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part of the equation
hand-printed analogue gelatin silver prints
triptych.
each 60cm x 70cm x 4cm
2012
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Andrea Jespersen
Andrea Jespersen
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We are the ashes of dying stars, we are nuclear waste
hand-printed analogue gelatin silver print, wood floor (South London Gallery), Borosilicate glass (medical grade), Mobilon band, powder-coated stainless steel
2013
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Andrea Jespersen
Andrea Jespersen
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We are the ashes of dying stars, we are nuclear waste
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Human Silver Halo installation shot
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Andrea Jespersen
Andrea Jespersen
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we draw some arbitrary line and rule out whole areas of investigation
hand-printed analogue gelatin silver print, gummed paper tape, metal embroidery string, powder-coated stainless steel
approximately 150cm x 200cm x 50cm
2013
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Concealed Ovation (part two)
silent video 4 min, looped
Harpist Trine Opsahl
2012
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Andrea Jespersen
Andrea Jespersen
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Human Silver Halo installation shot
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we draw some arbitrary line and rule out whole areas of investigation
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Human Silver Halo installation shots
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