Dreams of Homunculi | University of Oxford

Dreams of Homunculi

7 Apr 2015 to 7 Jun 2015
12:00 - 17:00
Museum of the History of Science
Broad Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3AZ

Basement Gallery

Exhibitions
Free
Yes
Not required

A video installation by artist Charles Ogilvie and curator Vid Simoniti in response to ‘Alchemy and the Laboratory’. Alchemical recipes often contained rhyme, riddles and allegory. The ‘homunculus’, an artificially created miniature man, was one such allegorical figure, often used to fuel the debate about the possibility of creating life from inanimate matter. The video’s dialogue is drawn from the writings of 17th century natural philosophers, while the voice of the homunculus is borrowed from Goethe’s Faust. During Museum opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 12-5pm