|(California Science Center, Los Angeles, CA.)|
In professor Vesna's second lecture, she discusses how medical technologies, like X-ray, MRI, and CAT scan, are forms of art. I work in a doctor's office, and we have both a MRI and X-ray machine. I have been there 5 years, and I still get excited to view the images produced, because I consider them works of art. In her paper, Silva Casini explains that MRI scans are essentially self portraits. Much like art, MRI scans go deeper than surface level, and they are open to interpretation: they look novel to each person who views them.
|(MRI brain cartographies)|
The lecture also mentions that years ago, medicine was considered art because physicians who used tools or technology weren't considered doctors. I believe that medicine is an art, and that physicians are both doctors and artists. Take plastic surgery for instance, plastic surgeons reconstruct and mold parts of the body, they use the human body, like artists use a canvas. Going even deeper, medical procedures are in themselves performance art. Physicians perform with the utmost precision and beauty, that is aesthetically stunning. The body performance art Orlan creates is a perfect example of how surgical performances are art. Her objective was to represent the visions of beauty created by various artists throughout history. Through medical procedures and technology, Orlan herself became a work of art.
|(Photograph of Orlan, indicating what parts of the face she used from each work of art. )|
As professor Vesna states, human dissection is at the intersection of art and science. I believe Gunther von Hagen's Body Worlds exhibition, flawlessly embodies this intersection. He displays human anatomy, by preserving and displaying biological tissue through plastination. His work is not only amazingly beautiful, but it also evokes great emotion, and is quite intriguing. Much like art, medical technologies, like plastination, MRI, and X-ray, are allowing us to see inside of ourselves, to see who we really are.
|(Gunther von Hagen's beautiful piece.)|
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