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Joan Fontcuberta And Pere Formiguera

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“On August 7, 1955, Professor Peter Ameisenhaufen drove alone to the north of Scotland. Three days later his car was found on the coast, near a cliff. His body was never found. . . . ” Thus, in mysterious fashion, ended the career of an obscure German zoologist who had spent his life discovering and classifying hitherto unknown species of world fauna. Did he commit suicide, or was he killed by one of the creatures he conjured into human consciousness? In any case, his disappearance is not without trace; what remains is the “Fauna” series: fragments of his archives of personal memorabilia, and of scientific data—taxonomic and tapes, maps charting species distribution.

Professor Ameisenhaufen (it translates as “anthill”), his life and work, is the fiction of two Catalonian artists, Joan Fontcuberta and Pere Formiguera. “Fauna” is organized like a natural-history-museum display, complete with

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