I wasn’t very familiar with Mark Dion’sÂ Travels of William Bartram â€“ Reconsidered until about a month ago. For this week’s video pick Dion returns to Bartram Gardens to install the objects he collected while on his journey.
“Travels of William Bartram â€“ Reconsidered will examine the history and culture of 18th century American naturalists, John (1699-1777) and his son William Bartram (1739-1823). Using their travel journals, drawings, and maps, Dion plans to retrace the exploratory journeys of the Bartrams, in particular, Williamâ€™s expedition to northern Florida. Often Dion and his companion â€œexplorersâ€ will travel in the same ways the Bartrams did:Â by horseback, boat, and on foot.”
For more info on the project check out the comprehensive project site.