Ruby Tingle draws together the Museum’s herpetology collection and Cabinet of Curiosities Gallery through collage, music, film, installation and performance to explore the preservation of amphibians and reptiles. Inspired by these species’ links to the monstrous and mythological, she has drawn upon the Museum’s spirit store, Prehistory gallery, Palissy-ware objects and painting ‘Daughter of the Lagoons’ to create interventions that look at these animals’ extraordinary nature in folklore and reality.
Performances every Saturday
invite visitors to step into a fantastical underworld of anthropomorphic characters, who will be present in the galleries just as reptile creatures would have lounged around the vast red desert of prehistoric Warrington.
Pictorial, literary, and film cultural narratives have only amplified negative emotions around herps. Simply put, they have always acted unknowingly as our templates or prototypes for monsters… the true curiosity cabinet – where herpetofauna always figure significantly – is not about fear but wonder. And here the herps shine. They are truly wonderful creatures, and their more remote emotional status only lends to their mysterious and marvelous importance
– Prof. Stephen Asma
The EP ‘Lagoons’ now available via No Such Thing Records on Spotify, is directly inspired by the Museum’s collections and explores the artist’s personal lifelong connections with amphibians and reptiles. Her music mixes elements of natural sound, high range celestial vocals and inventive electronic instrumentation to produce original and dreamy, experimental ‘music from the swamp’.
Scent created specially for the exhibition by Steven Calver. Gallery Sound intervention and score by Martin Lewsley and Left Winter. Character Performers are Holly Rush and Simon Woolham. Exhibition foreword by Prof. Stephen Asma. Thanks to Conservation involvement from Froglife, Amphibian Foundation, Save the Frogs, Turtle Survival Alliance, Drink Beer Save Turtles and support from PAPER Gallery, No Such Thing Records and Future’s Venture.