Ordering the Invisible: Silk, Contagion, and the Visual Practices of Louis Pasteur

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Abstract

Louis Pasteur’s published study of the French silkworm pandemic (1865-1870) helped visualise the invisible world.By hybridising drawing, painting, print, and photography, Pasteur transformed his silkworm study into a site of both
scientific and visual experimentation. This essay examines how Pasteur mobilised new media to categorise and visualise the vast cultural ecology that had shaped France’s silkworm disease.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-147
JournalAntennae: the journal of nature in visual culture
Issue number49
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2019

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