Cabinets of Consequence reassembles University College London’s archival collections through the lens of contemporary ecological change and techno-scientific acceleration. It traces the multiple effects of everyday materials and artefacts reconfiguring the collections within a geopolitical web of contemporary life and its possible futures.
The objects, real and fabricated, are arranged around four intersecting thematic areas: Agriculture-Animals, Energies-Resources, Media-Natures and Afterlives-Extinctions. The exhibition asks questions about the impact of farming and animals upon the Earth’s eco-system, fossil fuel extraction and entangled military-industrial collisions of war and trade, the blurring of technology and the natural world, the inevitability of finitude and the possible worlds it may bring.
The project involved working with a network of researchers, curators and collections from disciplines including: Global Change Science (Geography), Alternative Futures For Heritage (Archeology) Environmental Design and Engineering (Architecture), Petrie Museum, Grant Museum of Zoology, Geology Collections, UCL Art Museum, Pathology and Bio-anthropology collections.
Commissioned by University College London. The exhibition is on display in the Octagon Gallery, UCL from June 2016 - May 2017.