Systema Naturae

A Diorama of 19th-Century Naturalism As Dictated By An Opto-Mechanical Device

Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 12:00pm

Systema Naturae

An automated lecture performed by a 35mm incandescent slide projector - the EKTAPRO 9000 - chronicling the rise of naturalism in North America amongst researchers, enthusiasts and autodidacts of the 19th century. Propelled by a sense of exploration, adventures into twilight zones and uncultivated lands begot the study of creatures & vegetation while marking the birth of modern outdoor recreation. The 9000s dissociated vocal survey will be accompanied by field recordings of the featured flora & fauna.

The lecture will be presented on the half-hour: 12 noon, 12:30pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm, 3:30pm, 4pm, 4:30pm, 5pm & 5:30pm.


Advance reservations for the lecture are not necessary (and are not available.)


The gardens and exhibits of the Velaslavasay Panorama will be open before and after the day's ongoing intermittent lecture between the hours of 12 noon and 6 P.M. Free with admission ($4-6 suggested donation).


Naturalism: The science of species inventory and the practical work that produced theories of biodiversity including the creation of herbaria, collecting expeditions, and Linnaeus' binomial naming system.

Systema Naturae: Linnaeus' (1707-1778) book on taxonomies and binomial nomenclature, full title translates to System of nature through the three kingdoms of nature, according to classes, orders, genera and species, with characters, differences, synonyms, places.


This event has been created specifically for participation in MaidenLA -  a county-wide network of ‘happenings’ that will take place during the month of August 2016.