Maaike Bleeker's Anatomy live : performance and the operating theatre PDF

By Maaike Bleeker

ISBN-10: 9048501229

ISBN-13: 9789048501229

ISBN-10: 9053565167

ISBN-13: 9789053565162

Gross anatomy, the research of anatomical constructions that may be obvious by means of unassisted imaginative and prescient, has lengthy been a subject matter of fascination for artists. for many smooth audience, although, the anatomy lesson—the technically specified province of medical surgeons and clinical faculties—hardly turns out the right kind breeding flooring for the hybrid workings of paintings and idea. We overlook that, in its early phases, anatomy pursued the hugely theatrical spirit of Renaissance technology, as painters reminiscent of Rembrandt and Da Vinci and scientific 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 degree, in addition to in modern writings of theorists comparable to Donna Haraway and Brian Massumi, turns our smooth notions of the dissecting desk on its head—using anatomical theatre as a method of acquiring a clean point of view on representations of the physique, conceptions of subjectivity, and personal wisdom approximately technology and the degree. significantly dissecting recognized exhibitions like Body Worlds and The obvious Human Project and that includes contributions from a few diversified students on such topics because the development of spectatorship and the results of anatomical background, Anatomy Live isn't to be neglected by means of somebody with an curiosity during this attractive intersection of technological know-how and inventive practice.

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Anatomist’s preference for corpses of criminals yielded another interesting paradox: while obviously dead, the cadaver had to be representative of the living body. In contrast to ‘found’ or donated bodies, which were commonly disease-ridden, the bodies of executed criminals were usually in good shape. 18 In order to be representative, the bodies used at dissection had to fit the audience’s sense of what constituted a normal healthy body. But the criminal’s moral repugnancy was at least as important as his or her mint physical condition.

In: Science, 269, p. 1358. 1995. Williams, S. , ‘Modern Medicine and the Uncertain Body: From Corporeality to Hyperreality’. In: Social Science & Medicine, 45. 1997. , ‘William Harvey ’s “Prelectiones”: The Performance of the Body in the Renaissance Theatre of Anatomy’. In: Representations, 17, pp. 62-95. 1987. G. Sebald reflects on Rembrandt ’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp. Viewing the painting at the Mauritshuis, he writes, We are standing precisely where those who were present at the dissection in the Waaggebouw stood, and we believe that we see what they saw then: in the foreground, the greenish, prone body of Aris Kindt, his neck broken and his chest risen terribly in rigor mortis.

The Visible Male and Female tell us as much about the history of anatomical bodies as about our contemporary cultural tastes and social norms. Virtual anatomy thus reflects the anatomical theatre of the twenty-first century, a theatre in which education, morality, and entertainment are seamlessly woven into a digital culture. It is important to realize that our knowledge of the body can never be studied separately from our knowledge of representation, the technology that mediates it, and the cultural matrix from which it arises.

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