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Body Worlds

Posted in Week 6 on December 14, 2007 by abradbury

I think body worlds is fascinating. Creepy, but fascinating. It’s extremely valuable to know what goes on inside your own body. I’ve had knee problems for years and all I ever got from doctors was medical jargon and put some ice on it. When I started playing rugby for college it became a real problem for me, I had to figure out what was up and find a way to work around it or I wouldn’t be able to play my favorite sport anymore. So I studied the anatomy of the knee, and from there finally figured out what exactly was going on in my joint that made what I love doing hurt so much. I discovered where I needed to put tension to counteract what was happening and presto I can run again. Body worlds can help other people make these same realizations about their own bodies. If I was a smoker and saw the body worlds smokers lung I sure would quit. It’s also especially cool to have animals in the exhibit as well. That makes it so you are able to relate things that are on our bodies to how they work in other species and shows that all life is unique and the same all at once.


Reforming the formed

Posted in Week 6 on December 4, 2007 by ava3

As a part of being human, once again, we try to manipulate and destroy all that is natural. Rather thank be happy with ourselves, and make the most of what we have, we continually try to personify an idea of perfection. But what is perfect? Only in ‘the eyes of the beholder.’ One person may be in love with another, but another may hate that very same person. What dictates such actions? Only perception. We cultivate, construe, and wrench ourselves to be what we believe everyone else wants us to be – or what we believe will spark everyone’s attention. Why can’t we just be happy with ourselves, for ourselves? The one woman who undergoes physical alteration, mainly in the form of plastic surgery, is said in the words of Victoria Vesna, to be art. Tattoos are another form of art manipulation on the body…why should this be any different? People in Africa wear long necklaces to stretch their necks, or pierce their faces, or make their skin bubble. Every culture is different. But one thing ALL humans do over any animal is try to “perfect,” or basically screw around with, the appearance they have already been born with.The movie Brazil shows the main character not wanting to succumb to the bs materialism of life. He does not need a hirer status job, he does not need to alter his appearance.  But in this sense…he’s behaving inhuman.Why can’t humans be less humane?

Modern Age Mummies / Anatomy Chart ~ Edwin Chavez

Posted in Week 6 on November 14, 2007 by edwinc

I never tire of the human anatomy; I’ve drawn so many sketches of the human anatomy that I remember every detail.  The plastination medium Body Worlds uses to convey the anatomy of the human body as well as different types of human body works is truly amazing. I believe the preservation and display of organelles, the bones, the brains, the nerves, even the eyes and eyeleashes through the miracle of modern plastics staging dozens of departed human bodies along with its processes including liquids and fats is the best way to emphasize health care for our own body. The range may consists of how a fetus is developed inside it’s mother to how food is churned in the stomach and gall bladder splurts out bile in the small intestines. I’ve learned in theory, animation, drawings, and even by less intriguing toy models, but I’ve never actually seen it happen as vividly and ‘memorably.’ It definitely has been a long way since Da Vinci used to dig up cadavers in grave yards and dissect them to get a better sense of the body.

I also do wonder how the bodies are staged in such particular positions like the ballerina, football and yoga positions. Also, I wonder if these people had any relationship to such lifestyles;  I suppose most didn’t have quite a strict relationship due to there not having plentiful “archetypes.” Thus, the exhibit would be more fascinating if they each had their story.   The human body is truly amazing as a work of art and genius science and I’m definitely running a fifth marathon versus smoking.

Kittiwat Unarrom’s Body Bakery is another form of shocking art although I could not accept depicting the many body parts into the shapes of bread as “conceptual art.” I think it is psychologically disturbing and densensitizing for the youngest generations. I think this kind of concept is less appealing due to it not being educational and for mirroring cannabilsm.  I would not introduce this concept, schema, paradigm shift, to an infant or toddler, what if he tries to bite my hand when I’m sleeping.  However, it is definitely is something that made you stop and think though not as plausible.

Week 6. Patty Durongwong. Body World

Posted in Week 6 on November 14, 2007 by pattydwong

Last weeks lecture was actually disturbing to me in many ways. The things that stood out to me the most were the Body World exhibition and the guy who baked bloody body parts. The Body world exhibition connects both the anatomy of the human body as well as the art in displaying these magnificant feats in different styles and with such accuracy. I was rather disturbed by the video showing the mummification of the cadavers and the slicing of those cadavers – it appeared to be intensely untraditional and for me – unheard of. This debate ties in to the ethics of art and how far science can go to make art. Although the process was primarily used for research and exploration purposes, I can not quite understand the beauty in it. I have heard by word of mouth that the body world exhibition is absolutely fascinating but I never actually thought about the art aspect of it. The lecture on Monday definetely broadened my views on how art and science have converged into this amazing exhibit – right before our eyes.

The other video that really caught my interest was the video on the guy whom sculpted body parts and baked them as…well edible eats. First off, the guy was Thai so I understood what he was saying. Secondly, all the people were Thai – including the kids – so i understood what they were saying. What really surprised me was that the little kids were in not so much afraid of the bloody breads but curious. They were asking if its really edible and if they can eat and looking into the glass containers as if it was candy inside. They were without a doubt – fascinated. Personally, when i first saw these baked body parts – i was afraid and disgusted. It is interesting how the kids were simply just curious and amazed. The guy said that if he baked it, people would buy it – or else he wouldn’t bake it. Its interesting how if someone creates something rather unique and unheard of – people will be interested in it regardless of its practicality or aesthetic appeal. People are innately interested in things they have never seen before. This may be where art and science can even further converge – when they both work to invent something that civilization has never seen before. These very inventions and discoveries are what people are so very interested in.

A Truly Original Art

Posted in Week 6 on November 14, 2007 by chrisbrackert

I had seen the ads for Body Worlds, but never actually made it around to ever seeing it.  By now, I had almost forgotten about this amazing thing until it was re-revealed to me in class on Monday.  It seemed like an interesting idea to me at the time, but I never realized until now, what an amazing feet this really is.  The fact that we can observe human bodies, underneath the skin, in all sorts of poses is absolutely wonderful.

It’s easy to see why an exhibit like this would be of interest to so many people.  The very fact that it is both science and art allows it to appeal to such a wide audience.  Scientists, I am sure, must find this to be quite interesting: being able to see the muscles, tissues, and all other parts of the human body in their natural state.  The ability to actually see these sorts of things must be of much use to researchers, doctors and students alike.  Even the process of plastination itself is something that I find intriguing.  As someone interested in chemistry, I am amazed that some fairly basic chemicals can create a preserved body like that.

And of course, we cannot forget about the fact that these bodies double as an amazing piece of artwork.  The body has always been a key subject in the arts for hundreds of years.  Good painters have always been praised for their abilities to portray the body.  Exceptional praise is often shown to those who can create in a still art form.  The Body Worlds bodies do exactly that.  Each figure at Body Worlds nicely portrays action stuck in time.  A truly original art: Body Worlds has now shown the world something it has never seen before 

Real Anatomy Chart – Adam Molinaro

Posted in Week 6 on November 14, 2007 by adammolinaro34

I thought the lecture that centered around the human body was one of the more intersting lecutres so far. Over the summertime I went up to Oregon for a cousins wedding. I had to kill some time before the flight home so I checked out the Body Worlds exhibit near the airport. Unfortunately, I kind of had to hall bootie with my aunt through the exhibit becasue of sercurity and what not, but I still thought it was amazing to see. I actually kind of forgot all about it until the I saw it in lecture but these pictures on this webite really dont give, what Gunther Van Hagen has done with actual bodies, any justice. Gunther Von Hagens posin like a cowboy

When I was walking through the exhibit I was prettty amazed. Thinking back on it I was more kind of shocked with what I was seeing than actually appreciating it. I coudn’t believe what I was seeing. I saw the picture of the man holding his skin in one of the other blogs and thats the best way I can describe my first reaction to what I was seeing. Thinking now with the idea of connecting art and technology these pieces art are pretty much the most precise anatomy charts ever created. They are a three dimensional, perfect scale representation of the human body. He’s successfully mapped to extreme precison the way our muscles, thendons and tendons, work with real people. It was pretty amazing to see in person and recomend seeing it to anyone.

I thought I’d research the procces that enabled someone like Gunther Van Hagen to optically capture the actual human flesh without it being altered from decompositon. Its called plastination.

Here’s what Gunther had to say about it himself.
– “I developed the Plastination technique at the University of Heidelberg’s Institute of Anatomy in 1977, patented it between 1977 and 1982, and have been continually improving the process ever since… I was in the butcher shop in the university town where I was studying, and as I watched the sales woman slice ham, it dawned on me that I ought to be using a meat slicer for cutting kidneys. And so a “rotary blade cutter,” as I called it in the project-appropriation request, became my first Plastination investment… As I watched these bubbles, it hit me: It should be possible to infuse a kidney slice with plastic by saturating it with acetone and placing it under a vacuum; the vacuum would then extract the acetone in the form of bubbles, just as it had extracted air before. I carried out this process more slowly, using three successive silicone baths as a means of preventing a single bath (along with its contents) from curing too quickly. After curing the specimen in a laboratory kiln, I had the first presentable sample of Plastination…

That was on January 10, 1977, the day that I decided to make Plastination the focus of my life.”

Gunther von Hagens
Inventor of Plastination

The art and science of plastination – Daniel Waltrip

Posted in Week 6 on November 14, 2007 by dwaltrip77

I didn’t quite know what I was in for when I took this class. We have learned about some really interesting (and somewhat strange) things. I suppose that with such a broad base to pull from (art and science, two of humanity’s most fundamental pursuits), and such a limited time frame (10 weeks), we can only cover certain topics that either major milestones or on the frontier of art, science, and technology.

The subjects of plastic surgery, body art, and plastination are a few of the more random topics that we have examined. However, if we take the human body as an art form, as it is often is, and examine the ways in which it can modified, improved, or more creatively displayed, then it is obvious these are important aspects to explore.

Personally, I enjoyed learning about plastination the most. The science and creativity behind creating an exhibit of the human body in this manner is amazing. Creating a perfect plastic representation of the exact inner structures and systems of the human body is a pretty useful and neat activity. My favorite thing about plastination is that it is actually significant from both the science/technology viewpoint as well as the artistic view point. We can see the human body in a totally different way, how it actually exists under the skin and other layers. Looking at the different slices of the human body lets us analyze it a new way as well. And this can also be used to create fantastic art, as Victoria Vesna showed us on The YouTube videos showing all the different horizontal and vertical layers of the body in succession were absolutely phenomenal. The display of the plastination models allows us to look at the human body as it truly is, without the distracters of superficial features. One can much more easily appreciate the beauty of the body and its functional and aesthetic qualities through plastination.

I found this link that explains the scientific process that occurs in plastination in greater detail, I thought I would share: