Anatomy live : performance and the operating theatre by Maaike Bleeker

By Maaike Bleeker

Gross anatomy, the learn of anatomical constructions that may be noticeable by means of unassisted imaginative and prescient, has lengthy been a subject matter of fascination for artists. for many glossy audience, even though, the anatomy lesson—the technically unique province of scientific surgeons and scientific faculties—hardly turns out the correct breeding floor for the hybrid workings of artwork and concept. We omit that, in its early phases, anatomy pursued the hugely theatrical spirit of Renaissance technology, as painters equivalent to Rembrandt and Da Vinci and clinical teachers like Fabricius of Aquapendente shared audiences dedicated to the workings of the human physique. Anatomy Live: Performance and the working Theatre, a notable attention of latest advancements at the level, in addition to in modern writings of theorists equivalent to Donna Haraway and Brian Massumi, turns our sleek notions of the dissecting desk on its head—using anatomical theatre as a method of acquiring a clean standpoint on representations of the physique, conceptions of subjectivity, and personal wisdom approximately technological know-how and the degree. seriously dissecting famous exhibitions like Body Worlds and The noticeable Human Project and that includes contributions from a few different students on such topics because the development of spectatorship and the results of anatomical historical past, Anatomy Live isn't to be ignored by way of a person with an curiosity during this enticing intersection of technological know-how and creative practice.

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Something perhaps that eludes the surety of vision ... something seen and unseen, something known and not known, hovering in the darkness of Aris Kindt ’s open, unbreathing mouth. An empty frame, except for an upright human figure in the middle distance, on the far right of the screen; just discernible: some kind of wire and steel apparatus from which the figure is suspended. The figure is back-lit: a crisp, silver arc defines the crown of its head, outlining both shoulders, defining the outside of the right arm and, spilling, is caught in a slight fuzz of chest hair.

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