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Cosmogonic Tattoos

By Jim Cogswell

Cosmogonic Tattoos
Paperback, 148 pages £22.00
Published: 2017
ISBN: 9780990662372
Format: 320mm x 229mm
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Subjects: Archaeology, Art & Art History, Kelsey Museum Publications
Series: Kelsey Museum Publications

This heavily illustrated book contains a full photographic documentation of the installation, as well as the artefacts that inspired it and preliminary studies, accompanied by essays and reactions to the work by artists, scholars and museum professionals.

Cosmogony is typically defined as the scientific field of study dedicated to the exploration of the solar system’s origins, but Cogswell embraces a broader use of the term, rooted in the kinds of human storytelling that shape our ethics, morals, and holistic understandings.

With contributions by Gunalan Nadarajan, Terry Wilfong, Kathryn Huss, MaryAnn Wilkinson, Claire Zimmerman, Karl Daubman, Daniel Herwitz and Raymond Silverman.




Guna Nadarajan

Terry Wilfong

Kathryn Huss

Artist Statement

Jim Cogswell

Mind over Matter: Jim Cogswell's Speculative Mythology

MaryAnn Wilkinson

Jim Cogswell's Tattoo Esperanto

Claire Zimmerman

Panic and Play at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

Terry Wilfong

Cosmogonic Technologies

Karl Daubman

Enchanted Mott

Daniel Herwitz

Museum Objects: A Conversation with Jim Cogswell

Raymond Silverman

The Installtion in Context

University of Michigan Museum of Art

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

Selection of Source Artifacts



Jim Cogswell is Professor of Art at University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design, USA. 




Publication Details:

 Paperback , 148 pages
 320mm x 229mm

BIC Code:
  ART006000, PHO004000, SOC003000
 Kelsey Museum Publications


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