‘Mice Space’ explores the changing spaces, places and classifications occupied by genetically-modified mice in international biomedical research. From the globalisation of science, the changing architectures of the mouse house, to the demands of translational medicine – transferring research from bench-to-bedside – mice are increasingly on the move in modern biomedical science. International mutant mouse repositories have emerged as key sites in the management of these movements, whether developing, characterising, archiving or distributing new model animals for scientific research.
This website is our own mutated mouse repository: it is offered as an ‘anti-archive’. It features a series of works by Helen Scalway, which have emerged from conversations between an artist and a geographer around how to visualize the emerging complexities, relationalities and spatialities of contemporary biomedical research. These visualisations of the structures of thinking, spaces of working and ways of ‘being mice’ in the biosciences offer different ways of apprehending the complexities of what is being brought together in such ordered archives of animals. In contrast, ‘Micespace’ is offered as a provocative, messy and speculative archive, inviting reflection and hesitation around what the conventional curation of scientific information may elide, miss out, or skip over: incommensurable logics, unanswerable conundrums, aporias in meaning. These are at the heart of this website as a collaborative work.
Helen Scalway and Gail Davies would like to thank to Richard Milne, Cath D’Alton and Sue Rouillard for their help in the development of the images and website. Gail Davies would like to thank the ESRC for supporting the social science research underpinning this collaboration through their funding of the Biogeography and Transgenic Life fellowship and all the respondents who shared their experiences of working these animals.