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Art, Digital Culture and Pokémon

19 June 2017

‘Making Monsters’ is a temporary display in The Study of the Manchester Museum, due to open on Monday, 19 June 2017.

Pokemon characters in Manchester Museum

'Making Monsters' looks at examples of animals from the Museum's collection, finding counterparts in Ulisses Aldrovandi's imaginative Monstrorum Historia and Satoshi Tajiri's designs for Pokémon.

Alongside the display, a Pokémon Quest for families will be hosted in the Manchester Museum on Saturday 24 June, 11am - 3pm.

Those who take up the challenge will use the Pokémon Go app to find the creatures around the museum and search for their real life animal counterparts. By making connections between real and imaginary animals and Pokémon, the display and activity hope to highlight new and interesting ways of raising awareness of issues facing real creatures, such as changing climates, habitat destruction and extinction.

The display and activity are part of the "Art, Digital Culture and Pokémon: Engaging young audiences with animal survival and extinction" project, a collaboration between the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures and The Manchester Museum. It is led by students and staff at the Institute for Cultural Practices and Art History and Visual Studies and it is supported by the School's Social Responsibility Fund.

For more information, please contact Dr Kostas Arvanitis, Institute for Cultural Practices:

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