In this exhibition, artist Sonja Bäumel, collaborating with Helen Blackwell of the UW–Madison Department of Chemistry, explores the perception of what bodies are made of through microbes and the body’s surface. Bäumel reimagines skin as a fictional layer of communication, a multi-being landscape linked to the discovery of the human microbiome, which established the body as a walking biotope. Through the works in this exhibition, Bäumel examine how scientific knowledge has influenced the way we have perceived and interpreted the human body historically, and how this impacts our current society and the cultural contexts in which we act.


  • Starting Wednesday, April 29th, 2020, repeats every day until Sunday, June 07, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


Ruth Davis Design Gallery

1300 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706


Serena Larkin