I’ve been thinking a lot on how I can communicate visually the life cycles more effectively within the premise of my project. I remembered my visit to the Wellcome Collection in London during the holidays and I was very intrigued by Sir Henry Wellcome’s collection on medical instruments and surgery procedures. I decided to look into their website and found a plethora of references and articles that are most interesting and relevant to my project. Here is the link to one of the talks I’ve listened to that talks about ethics in displaying human remains (http://wellcomecollection.org/ethics-showing-human-remains-museums). Some other articles I’ve been reading/listening:
I’ve come across some interesting illustrations from two books that I was reading online, Crucial Interventions and The Resurrectionist. The first book shows 19th century surgery methods and the visuals are very compelling.
I would like to make some drawings like this about how the balloons will be cut/stitched/powered to work for the parade. I like the last image especially, as it shows some technical devices that is fixed onto the man’s body. I am thinking of ways to draw this detail for the inflatables to illustrate the idea of death/comatose/purgatory states as something technologically driven and not an intangible process. It would help bring a sense of physicality to these ideas.
The Resurrectionist is one of my favourite books now and it is also drawn from a medical/scientific point of view. The book is a fictional biography of Dr Black and it shows how he became a surgeon and then did an anatomical index of mythical creatures thus somewhat bringing them to life.
I feel I am doing something similar with my project, on giving life to pop culture icons. I am hoping to conclude on some of the main brief ideas by this Tuesday and at the same time working on the two scales to tie up the loose ends of the project. I am thinking for the project, ultimately it’s about addressing death and permanence of objects and the museum itself. Other themes that could be brought up is also the question of greed/consumerism and sustainability. I am still a bit worried on how this museum would engage with the site; should it run on the exact same route like Macy’s or would it start to bleed into the city (like when we were discussing about the shrines that are dispersed in the city to commemorate death). I don’t really know how I should go about this.