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Please make your way to the Tiger in the Natural History Gallery at 2.25pm, ready for Dan's talk at 2.30pm

About this event

Join Dr Dan Byrne-Smith, the Horniman Museum Art, Design and Natural History Fellow, for a gallery talk about fossils and science fiction.

As evidence of deep time, of extinct life and of Earth-shattering catastrophes, Dan will argue that fossils have a close relationship to science fiction.

Fossils have the power to disturb our experience of the present, open up vistas of the distant past and make possible the imagining of different futures. 


Dr. Dan Byrne-Smith, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory at Chelsea College of Arts, has been welcomed to the Horniman Museum and Gardens as our first Horniman Museum Art, Design and Natural History Fellow, in an exciting new collaboration between the Horniman and Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School, University of the Arts London (UAL).

Over the next three years, Dan will explore the Horniman’s acclaimed Natural History collection through the lens of science fiction, examining how audiences might engage with the collection to encourage and develop awareness around the environmental issues currently affecting the future of our planet.

You can read Dan's blog series over on Medium.