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Image credit: Abigail Deniston and Nina Klaff.
Image credit: Abigail Deniston and Nina Klaff.

“In the Renaissance, the body was conceived as a book.
I invite you to open this book and see for yourself”

Create and Live Collision are delighted to announce that a digital artwork as part of I AM NOT A PIECE OF MEAT, a Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) commission to Prof. Anna Furse, is now live. This digital artwork was workshopped and tested during Practice and Power, a CAPP conferencing event held in Dublin, June 20 – 23 2018.

iamnotapieceofmeat.com is a commissioned digital artwork and immersive digital experience that steps beyond the parameters of traditional artform conventions to innovate and expand the theatre space, and transfer it into new experiential online, virtual and augmented experiences of live performance. I AM NOT A PIECE OF MEAT presents research and production materials - text, video, medical art, sound scores, still images and ‘out-takes’ from the performed work. However, Instead of representing documentation, the digital artwork endeavours to generate a digital interface that is interactive and experiential, investigating the parameters between dissemination, live performance and remote critical engagement.

The viewer is invited to embark on a journey and enter the realm of Renaissance European Anatomy Theatres, contemporary dissections labs, myth and taboo - the world of THE ANATOMY ACT. The spectator is drawn into a meditation on the reality of the body in life and death, the status of the cadaver, and the moral and ethical issues surrounding our attitude, past and present, to the parsed and opened body. The artwork includes a series of commissioned writings from artists, scholars, cultural critics, anatomists and curators as well as new writing by Furse herself, accompanied by a specially commissioned soundtrack composed and performed by world-renowned saw-player David Coulter.

Prof Anna Furse pictured at Practice and Power (CAPP/ Create), June 2018. Photo: Joseph Carr.
Prof Anna Furse pictured at Practice and Power (CAPP/ Create), June 2018. Photo: Joseph Carr

This digital artwork is the last of three projects that have involved veteran theatre and performance writer and director, Prof. Anna Furse. Within her overarching project THE THEATRE OF OUR BODIES, this new online work both archives and extends the research and development into the production of her performance lecture ANNA FURSE PERFORMS AN ANATOMY ACT: A SHOW AND TELL that was commissioned by CAPP and Create in 2016 and premiered at LIVE COLLISION INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL in November 2016. In this project Furse worked with anatomists both in Trinity College Dublin and at Kings College London.

More information on Prof Anna Furse and the commission.

I Am Not A Piece of Meat credits:
Conceived and written by Anna Furse
Graphic Design / Web Development Dave Darcy
Title Sequence Kilian Waters
Sound Composition David Coulter
Digital Producer and Creative Consultant Lynnette Moran
Research Assistant Nina Klaff
Administrative & Production Assistant Natasha Eves
Commissioned by Create Ireland, CAPP

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