Saturday, 9 October 2010
Gunther von Hagen and plastination as preservation
Research into the issues with the short story "Preservation" by Hannah Tinti, one of which is the difficult issue that might arise if a family member wants to have his/her body donated to science, as in the case of Gunther von Hagen of "Body Worlds", but in this case it is also to be in a scenario from a well known work of art, "The Burghers of Calais" a sculpture by Rodin. It's a double-bind as the story also deals with life size sets of dioramas, also preserving a scene, a moment in history, where animals are removed from their natural environment, and preserved and displayed in narrative scenes. There are a lot of human and animal ethical questions raised in the issues in the story.