Autopsy

Project | Intermedia Installation (1996)
Intermediate Installation with projections by Thomas Freiler
und as a radiopiece for ORF Kunstradio

Commissioned piece by Offenes Kulturhaus Linz and Ö1 Kunstradio

Elisabeth Schirmana's Autopsy is focussed on the questions behind the (sometimes useful) material and acoustic nature of the dead human body. “There is nothing left but lifeless matter” Schirmana says, thus formulating her experiences when observing the process at the dissecting table in the autopsy room of a hospital. She recorded the rustle originating from the dissection as well as other side and background sounds that constitute the atmosphere of both the event and the place. The method of treating the original material resembles the dissection process: the lifeless body is taken apart, the organs are cut off from their connecting parts so that each component can be observed as an independent object. Following this principle the artist detaches particular acoustic phenomena from the total. Each of these phenomena can be heard as secluded sequences of rustle and sound: the rustling of water, the breaking and sawing of bones, voices …..

Elisabeth Schimana: “Death does not leave a sound behind, only the living provide the acoustic conditions the body is embedded in on the dissecting table.”

Thomas Freiler: "People may have the opinion that the pictures presented here are taken at too late a moment to show that the human body still has some individuality. But the dissection is the last portrait, which has an intensiveness that cannot be realised with living people.”

25 01 - 11 02 1996 Offenes Kulturhaus Linz curated by Andrea Sodomka
25 01 1996 Ö1 Kunstradio
1996/97 as music for Angelo*Soliman Tanz*Hotel
08 07 2000 t-u-b-e, Munic
01 09 2000 Wiretap 6.09 V2, Rotterdam
17 09 - 09 10 2005 FLUSS, Wolkersdorf
01 02 2006 - 07 02 2007 Fumus Fugiens Smart Procet Space, Amsterdam
08 10 2016 BIMESP 2016 | PANAROMA/UNESP, Sao Paulo

credits


Thomas Freiler

Studied philosophy and art history at the Universioty Vienna, graduated at the Univesity for Applied Arts, Vienna. Since 1985 works, projects, exhibitions and awards in artistic photography, publications, lecturer at different fine art universities. Since 2006 director of the photography lab at the Academy of Fine Art, Vienna. | homepage

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