Mark Dion
Lunch lecture at Fine Art Department - ​L193, Laugarnesvegur 91
21.10.22 at 1pm

In the lecture, artist Mark Dion, will talk about his career spanning more than 30 years where he has been examining the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. The lecture is connected to Mark Dion‘s talk in the symposium Visitations: Art, Agency and Belonging, taking place in the Reykjavík Art Museum that is the closing event for Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson’s project, Visitations: Polar Bears Out of Place


Mark Dion

The job of the artist, he says, is to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention. Appropriating archaeological, field ecology and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Dion creates works that question the distinctions between ‘objective’ (‘rational’) scientific methods and ‘subjective’ (‘irrational’) influences.
Dion also frequently collaborates with museums of natural history, aquariums, zoos and other institutions mandated to produce public knowledge on the topic of nature. By locating the roots of environmental politics and public policy in the construction of knowledge about nature, Mark Dion questions the objectivity and authoritative role of the scientific voice in contemporary society, tracking how pseudo-science, social agendas and ideology creep into public discourse and knowledge production.