The bones beneath the face

  • Harries, John (Principal Investigator)
  • Smith, Joan (Principal Investigator)
  • Kranioti, Elena (Principal Investigator)
  • Fibiger, Linda (Principal Investigator)
  • Fontein, Joost (Principal Investigator)

Project Details

Description

This interactive installation invites people to engage with human bones, not just ideationally but in practice. Our purpose is to explore how we constitute a sense of living humanness from the mute mineral materiality of bone, and how diverse and surprising such efforts can be. It is both an exploration of what bones can “say” and be given voice, but also what they don’t or can’t say; how these evocative things can suggest opaque traces of animate human life, yet resist our efforts to render them intelligible, and therefore how they “speak” to a presence which is withheld even as it is made manifest. This is, in other words, an experiment in “material hermeneutics”, that is the socio-technical-perceptual processes by which we come to know, or sense, or feel, the lives of others in the traces of their being. You, we, will be invited to be involved in such process: to touch, to feel, to assemble, to imagine and to write stories that have emerged from our tactile involvement with human remains and other things. In so doing, and in reflecting upon this process and engaging other similar processes by which we discover faces and names from bones, we will invite discussions of the relations between the stuff of the body and our lively being as people and the ethics of our engagement with the bodily stuff of others.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/05/1430/09/14

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  • The Bones Beneath the Face

    Elena Kranioti (Advisor)

    21 Jun 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

  • Surgeons' Hall Museums Outreach Programme

    Elena Kranioti (Advisor)

    Jun 2014 → …

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition