November 3, 2011
DOMINIK MERSCH GALLERY is pleased to invite you to ‘The Body is a Big Place’, a new media installation commissioned by Performance Space, Sydney, opening on Thurs 3 Nov, 6-8pm.
‘The Body is a Big Place’ is the result of a 2-year collaboration between artists Peta Clancy and Helen Pynor, with sound by Gail Priest and curation by Bec Dean. The exhibition explores organ transplantation with a particular focus on questions of personal identity and the blurred border between life and death in transplantation processes.
The installation includes a 5-channel video projection shot in the underwater environment of a swimming pool, performed by individuals who have had experiences of organ transplantation. In conjunction will be a heart perfusion system, where fresh pig hearts obtained from an abattoir will be reanimated in 2 special performances.
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