A talk with Joshua Schuster about the philosophical and psychological implications of the extinction of animals on November 5, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm
Slought is pleased to announce “Visualizing Extinction,” a public talk by Joshua Schuster on Monday, November 5, 2018 from 6-8:00pm, sponsored by the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities. Scattered across various archives are drawings, photographs, and taxidermies of last animals collected over the past two centuries, remnant images of a final animal before its extinction. About the same time as scientific knowledge of extinction was confirmed in the first decades of the nineteenth century and after, the technology of photography began to be used to document extinction. By the late nineteenth century, new developments in photography also allowed for cameras to capture moving animals in the wild. But what does it mean to photograph extinction or to collect extinct animal specimens in a museum for visual display?