‘Medical Imaging’    2012

Commissioned by the art department of the AMC Amsterdam (Academic Medical Centre)

Peter Bogers' "Medical Imaging"  shows isolated parts of the body on four screens, placed behind each other. Four picture tubes are placed behind four half-transparent mirrors. From front to back we see a man's head (seen from above), an open hand, a clenched fist and a bare foot (seen from below). The images are floating freely in space between several electronic components and their reflections in the mirrors. We see various revolving, vibrating or punching rhythms of motion: the fist, for example, draws back and then strikes out powerfully, while the head is turning around, and the other hand and the foot are moving backwards. In this constant acceleration, the body-parts eventually run amok. Being controlled by a technology-based power outside themselves they are catered in isolation and seem to want to escape their predicament, without actually being able to break free from, or come closer to, each other. The organs, which seem to be in an embryonic state of weightlessness, are also restrained, held in quarantine, by the hardware and software of the technology with which they are represented; it is precisely this technology which defines their context, identity and truth. Technology is not merely used as a presentation model, instrument, medium or shell, but rather, is part of the content.


This is an excerpt from a text written by Jorinde Seijdel
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