Week 12- Playing with Hearts

After mind mapping in Week 11 it was decided that both me and Huey would go in a seperate direction to the group. This was due to a number of reasons including the way the team weren’t working or collaborating together, as well as clashing ideas which limited our ability to grow and experiment. After Mats give advice, we went our seperate ways in order to experiment and create something meaningful. This week I sources a sheep’s heart and suspended it from the roof using fishing wire. This was extremely difficult to do by myself because the butcher previously cut open the heart and cleaned the heart before giving it to me. The fishing wire also had to be threaded through the Heart which proved difficult because the needle had to be thick and sharp enough to get through.

Research looked at in regards to the reanimation of the dead include:

  • Soviet Zombie experiments
  • A US biotech company which looked at reanimating the clinically dead 
  • This video also provided a lot of inspiration for thinking about ethics regarding the reanimation of the dead.
  • Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley is also a massive inspiration for the direction of the experiments undertaken through the session.

Question being explored: Is it ethically correct to try and reanimate the dead back to life?

Once suspended, I then aimed a green spotlight at the heart, to create the feeling of Frankensteins lair, a text I had been looking at specifically when looking at reanimating the dead.

“How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form? His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips.”- Frankenstein (Chapter 5)

This experiment however, proved difficult, especially because the Heart started to smell through transportation and being handled with etc. As well as many students not feeling very comfortable looking at the organ. In order to create something meaningful and questioning the ethics of reanimating the dead I would have to think more strategically of how I could channel the idea into an approach thats worth while and that other students see the value.

Overall I came to these conclusions:

  •  I believe that the green light created the feeling of the frankenstein lair and worked well with the Organ.
  • There needed to be more movement to add to the questioning of ethics and the reanimation of the dead. (Perhaps add a projected image onto the heart
  • Sound would work well to create a greater depth of atmosphere.
  • The heart needed to be smaller and not cut open because I couldn’t securely hang it from the roof.
  • Finally, I believe the experiment was a success but a few elements needed to be changed in order to highlight ethics.



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