I am one of the contributors for the Natural History and Visual Art from the Margins conference, hosted by the Linnaean Society. The conference seeks to show that overlooked contributions to visual natural history can provide us with inspiration for decolonising the memory of science today. In particular, panel sessions that focus on the work of black illustrators and on the public display of natural historical materials will address the legacies of slavery, colonisation, and empire and how we can recognize their effects on the history of science.
I will present and discuss the elements and production of Seeds of Empire. This new collaborative piece is composed of two moving image works (developed with Gary Stewart), and a soundscape combining both spoken word and music by Philip Miller.