Narrative Remains

Ingham, Karen (2009) Narrative Remains. UNSPECIFIED.

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(See attached document, below, for international dissemination and impact).Twelve month collaboration with the Hunterian, in which the key research question was if the practice of displaying anonymised human organs as objects disembodied from their subjective narrative context could be re-considered and re-contextualised through contemporary arts practice. Human body parts displayed in anatomy collections are normally stripped of the donor’s identity and subjectivity; objects not subjects, numbers not names. These kinds of collections are used in medical teaching practice, museum studies, and in the case of the Hunterian collection, are open to the public. My response to the collection was to write a series of six semi-fictive texts based on research into the Hunterian archive of specimen data. These subject narratives where then visually embodied through photographic images of the corresponding body areas and layered onto specially designed museum vitrines, in which the actual organ specimens from John Hunters eighteenth-century collection were sited. This was accompanied by a 12 min artist’s film of the organs ‘re-telling’ their stories, which played around, on and through the vitrines, suggesting the re-embodied specimens could now narrate their own tales of death and disease. These were sited in the museum and on display for six weeks, accompanied by a series of public talks and events. A 58 pages catalogue was produced with essays and image plates and a programme of events and exhibitions has continued beyond the exhibition period in the form of international screenings and conference presentations, publications and citations. The film is part of the Wellcome Collection, making it freely available worldwide. There is a comprehensive portfolio of evidence for the project demonstrating cultural and social impact.

Item Type: Other
Additional Information: Citation: Ingham,K. Narrative Remains.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Art and anatomy, Installation and performance, History of medicine, Museology and public engagement
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Wales Institute for Science & Art (WISA) > Academic Discipline: Art & Media
Depositing User: John Dalling
Date Deposited: 22 May 2012 14:20
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 16:12
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/266

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