An exhibition of anatomy and thought tracing the surprising paths our feet tread.
Step into King’s Museum for new exhibition of ‘feet’
A new exhibition at King’s Museum, designed by a group of anthropology, archaeology and history postgraduate students from the University of Aberdeen, will explore the surprising paths our feet tread.
The exhibition, entitled A Single Step, brings together a wide variety of ideas and materials not normally associated with feet, including items from the University’s fine art, ethnographic, zoological, medical and scientific instrument collections, to blur the lines between mind and body.
It has been curated by students as part of a postgraduate course during which they take on all aspects of producing an exhibition from researching the topic to selecting objects from the University’s collections, designing the layout, writing labels and marketing the event.
The exhibition opens on Friday June 1 and will run until August 27 at King’s Museum, High Street, Old Aberdeen.
Among the specimens and models on display from the University’s medical collections will be preserved human feet specimens, some with serious signs of injury and disease which can tell us a lot about the societies and status of the people that they came from. Other items on display include a fragment of the Great Wall of China, one of the best known artificial barriers to journeys on foot and, at the same time, a popular destination for walkers today, and a giant papier-mâché snail.
There will be a full programme of events accompanying the exhibition throughout July and August including pre-bookable storytelling sessions, where storyteller Grace Banks will share feats of courage and journeys of peril. In addition, there will be drop-in craft sessions for visitors of all ages to try their hand at decorating shoes to see what their feet can say about them, and also a chance for more daring visitors to test their balance on the slackline.
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