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Aims of the exhibition

We hope that through this exhibition you will appreciate the power objects can have in sharing knowledge, maintaining the values of our history and providing an effective learning tool. Our aim is to show the visitors how objects can act as measures of remembrance about the past of humanity that in someway has been affected by death and at the same time a method for sharing effectively new knowledge in human history. We also want to accentuate that human innovation- scientific or otherwise- is often linked with death and destruction.

This exhibition is intended for an audience comprised of individuals 12+, who possess some level of education but not necessarily to an university level. It is aimed at those who ponder deeply on the connections between humanity’s progress and innovation, death and destruction. It is also aimed at those who would like to mediate on these themes but do not know where to start. As good art should raise more questions than provide answers, we do not aim to present clear answers or solutions to the human condition. Instead, we hope to incite debate and discussion between members of the audience. For it to be fruitful, we urge the audience to engage with the object pages past first impressions and beyond what social norms consider “cool”, “shocking” or “distressing”. Conclusions -if they are ever to be reached- would emerge from said debate and further reading.



Day, M. (2008). The Philosophy of History: An Introduction. 1st ed. Michigan: University of Michigan Press.

Overview - Death and Innovation

Human history presents itself as a cycle of creation and destruction: birth and death; formation and decay; war and resilience; zenith and nadir (Day, 2008); stability and migration. This aspect is seen clearly also  in human innovation and death. Creation and destruction are therefore not opposites but stages of a circular process of motion that identifies evolution and time. Objects, in the sense of artifacts, memoirs, documentations, remains and so on, can surpass the winds of time providing cultural and historical evidence and allowing for a more engaging method of understanding these stages. The following exhibition will attempt to exemplify how a selected group of objects may precisely do so, particularly in terms of scientific innovation.  

Mapping Objects

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Terms of release

As a group, we reached a joint consensus to make our virtual exhibition available to the public by enabling its content access via web link. We hope that our decision will contribute to the establishment of a platform consisting of open source projects that are exchanged between different individuals. We do that with the purpose of serving the intellectual and creative needs of today’s society.

It is published and open under a Creative Commons License. Suggested citation: 

De Vito Halevy D., Evtimova L., Kalam S., Lopes Baroukel Braga J.M., Vasileiadi E., Xu W., (2016), Death and Innovation, Year 2 undergraduate project for Object Lessons module of the Basc Arts and Sciences programme. Available at:


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