atomictv David Bickerstaff
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Hygieia Hygieia Hygieia  

Commissioned as part of the
exhibition 'DIRT: The Filthy
Reality of Everyday Life' at
the Wellcome Collection

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HD x 2 screens | 16:9 | 23 minutes

HYGIEIA is a visual essay that examines the relationship between architecture, museum life and the engagement with content at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, as it is today.

The double screen installation was commissioned by Wellcome Collection, for the exhibition 'DIRT: The Filthy Reality of Everyday Life'. Following anthropologist Mary Douglas's observation that dirt is 'matter out of place', the exhibition introduces six very different places as a starting point for exploring attitudes towards dirt and cleanliness: a home in 17th-century Delft in Holland, a street in Victorian London, a hospital in Glasgow in the 1860s, a museum in Dresden in the early 20th century, a community in present day New Delhi and a New York landfill site in 2030.

Camera Assistant - Sam Austen
Producer - James Peto
Curator - Kate Forde
Wellcome Collection


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