Bodyscan – Anatomy in the Arts and Sciences
– 2 March 2019
Body images are subject to constant historical change and the anatomical view of people is inevitably a product of the available means of representation. Until 2 March 2019, the exhibition “Bodyscan – Anatomy in the Arts and Sciences” at the foundation Eres-Stiftung in Munich showcases perspectives on the human body from the Renaissance to the present day.
No two disciplines seem further apart today than art and science. However, ever since its foundation in its modern form, anatomy has relied on art. Thus visitors can admire woodcuts from Titian’s workshop in the facsimile of Andreas Vesalius’ compendium “De humani corporis fabrica libri septem”. The spectrum of over 50 exhibits ranges from pieces of Georg Laue’s cabinet of curiosities from the Renaissance and Barock periods to works by renowned contemporary artists such as John Baldessari, Ed Atkins and Meret Oppenheim, to the popular science fiction film remake “Ghost in the Shell” from 2017. The exhibition also highlights experimental positions such as Stan Brakhage’s “The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes” (1971) – the literal translation of the Greek word autopsy, the practice of which the film impressively documents.
Siemens’s work in the field of cinematic rendering shows how this classic ideal of one’s own vision in fact guides future developments. In the imaging procedure of cinematic rendering, three-dimensional images of the inside of the body are obtained from CT and MRT images. Further, the Research Center for Molecular Medicine (CeMM) Vienna shows how networks of biomedical body data sets can be explored with VR glasses.
The exhibition is accompanied by the lecture series “The Next Human”, providing insights into current research, while also highlighting ethical aspects of medical progress. Accordingly, a lecture will also be devoted to the recent and controversial gene editing tool known as CRISPR. Five events from the series will still be available to view in the new year. You can find a detailed overview of topics and dates on the exhibition website.