Richard Barne’s series Animal Logic looks at the preservation and installation of specimens in museums and explores the way these spectacles are consumed in a scientific or educational context. I noticed that all the images in the series were fairly central within the frame, perhaps this more formal presentation is meant to mimic how the installations might be viewed within the museum. The way the specimens are presented in the museum takes away any sense of animal from them, they become static artifacts with any sense of emotional that the viewer might attach to them being cut off by the barriers and restrictions of the museum environment. I think by showing the viewer the ‘behind the scenes’ and moments of transition between these installations, Barnes breaks down the restictions of the museum environment and reveals the absurdity of creating some of the exhibits.

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