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By Kjerstin Aukrust

Assigning Cultural Values is a suite of 13 essays concentrating on the research of cultural worth in gentle of aestheticization or aesthetic practices. Reflecting the culmination of the study Council of Norway’s complete programme for cultural examine (KULVER), this anthology stories cultural phenomena no longer as static dimensions, yet relatively as elements inquisitive about negotiations and exchanges. through interpreting the approaches within which aestheticization is renowned, the individuals exhibit how the experience-based, relational, and perceptual facets of assigning cultural values come into concentration. all the essays bargains specified views at the price given to diverse cultural phenomena, by means of targeting their traditionally changeable facets, their reciprocal relationships, and their connection to social contexts and gear. Drawing on case experiences from the fields of cultural historical past, aesthetics, literature, movie, gender reports, paintings historical past and concept, layout historical past, and museology, the gathering presents a wide-ranging and multifaceted research of the way the project of cultural values is modified, displaced, transferred, and purchased, and may consequently curiosity all researchers and scholars in the box of humanities.

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Despite the proliferation of contests and awards, and great public interest, these awards and contests have not yet been subject to much analysis. In the following essay, I examine how the Wellcome Image Awards reproduce, negotiate, and challenge ways of presenting, looking at, and valuing scientific images within contemporary visual culture. The awards are funded by the Wellcome Trust6 and include images ranging from light and electron micrographs to illustrations and medical photography. A judging panel selects what they regard to be ‘the most informative, striking and technically excellent images’7 among the recent acquisitions to Wellcome’s online database.

36 Adam Rutherford, editor at Nature and presenter of BBC 4’s Genome, explains: ‘In the ten years since the Human Genome Project revealed that we had fewer than 23,000 genes, geneticists have been exploring the mystery of what the other 97 per cent of the human genome is for. This beautiful chromosome shows how the overall structure of a genome is dynamically arranged, and how the density of chromatin is variable. This type of picture helps to reveal that large areas of the genome are active, and not the “junk DNA” that they were once called’.

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