Francesca Barison

Francesca Barison
University of Padova | UNIPD · Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology FISPPA


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Publication (1)
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Translation and comments about the first catalogue of the Hortus of Padua by Cortusi’s L’horto de i semplici di Padoua 1591. Dr. Walter van Rijn and translation by Francesca Barison, Ilaria Calonego, Anna Tarzariol and Walter van Rijn. Pre-published copy, December 2019 Research supported by a bursary from a-n The Artists Information Company.



Project (1)
My research aims to investigate early practices of collecting and cataloguing as exemplified by the 16th Century botanic gardens and libraries of Padua (IT) and Leiden (NL). I am particularly interested in the inter-relationships between catalogs, herbals, herbaria and botanic gardens because they show various ways in which objects have been represented, referred to, cataloged and placed within a larger collection. It is relevant for my artist’s practice because I use archives and databases as part of my artwork. From these collections, I create artwork that explores transformations between text, image and objects. Another point of interest is a history of science and environmental issues. I am drawn to the 16th Century because the revolution in science and society that took place was linked to discovering new worlds and an expanding world view. Our world today seems to be shrinking: disappearing environments and more and more species becoming extinct. The research will lead to creating a new art installation with digital and physical objects, that draws on the above mentioned two key world views, expansion and contraction. Supported by a bursary from a-n The Artists Information Company