By Annike Flo, Elise Matilde Malik and Elin T. Sørensen
In the exhibition HAV entry hall, you meet all the artworks co-creators. In a play with the classification system of living things, each is introduced with a profile image and name. This system has seven levels; Kingdom, phylum, classes, order, families, genus, and species. Organisms are commonly described by the two-term naming set-up of genus and species, and the second part of its two-part name determines the species of an organism. Like the blue mussel; Mytilus edulis is the binomial name. In Latin mytilus means a sea mussel, and edulis commonly refers to edible plants and animals. By this, all living creatures are organised according to very basic and shared characteristics. For an organism to be placed in a species, the criterions are the that s/he breed with others of the same. Within each categorisation, the organisms are further ordered into smaller groups based on even more detailed similarities amongst them − and the species level is as specific as you can get. Some of the criterions to this organisation is appearance, reproduction, mobility, and functionality. This system was developed by Carl Linnaeus in the eighteenth century. The purpose of cataloguing life is to make it easier for scientists to relate to and study the abundance of different organisms. More, a subspecies is a group within a species that has taken on some different features from the rest of the group. However, they are still similar enough to interbreed with the rest of the species.1 In HAV, we have supplemented the Linnaeus system with a collection of subspecies and hybrids, of which some are newly discovered.
1 (BBC, 2020; SoftSchools, 2020; Study.com, 2017)