body art, plastic surgery – Xuan Wei

I actually had no idea of what prf. Vesna was talking about regarding to body art and plastination, so I did a little research on the Internet. Plastination is a technique used in anatomy to preserve bodies or body parts. The water and fat are replaced by certain plastics, yielding specimens that can be touched, do not smell or decay, and even retain most microscopic properties of the original sample (wikipedia). I am really impressed by this technique because of the complicated scientific procedure involved. I am also quite fascinated with the fact that plastination has created a new kind of body art, a true combination of art and science. I never went to any of the plastination exhibits so I don’t have an accurate description of it. Based on images from the Internet, plasitinations seems to be able to illustrate body arts “under the skin.” This creates a great opening to artistic interpretation of body arts. However, how do we look at these plastination specimen? Do we look at them as humans who once had minds and souls or simply just fossils of organisms?

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Plastic surgery… I have only came to know this term from watching a TV show called Nip Tuck, which is about two plastic surgeons’ lives caught in between money and morals. So yea, I don’t really know anything about it in reality except that many people are turning to plastic surgery for beauty enhancement. Unfortunately, our world’s standard for beauty has greatly deviated itself from reality, and I personally don’t think that plastic surgery is the solution to anything except people who were disfigured from birth or accident.

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um…. yea o_O what the heck;;

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