Art from interconnected Life-Supporting Machines

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Revital Cohen hat einen Loop aus Salzwasser mit paar lebenserhaltenden Maschinen aufgebaut: The Immortal. Eine Herz-Lungen Maschine, ein Dialyse Gerät, einen Brutkasten, eine Beatmungsmaschine und ein Teil, von dem ich nicht weiß, wie man es übersetzt: die Intraoperative Cell Salvage Machine. Das Salzwasser fließt in einem Kreislauf durch die ganzen Maschinen und bildet das simulierte Blut einer künstlichen Lebensform. Nice!

A number of life-support machines are connected to each other, circulating liquids and air in attempt to mimic a biological structure. The Immortal investigates human dependence on electronics, the desire to make machines replicate organisms and our perception of anatomy as reflected by biomedical engineering.

A web of tubes and electric cords is interwoven in closed circuits through a Heart-Lung Machine, Dialysis Machine, an Infant Incubator, a Mechanical Ventilator and an Intraoperative Cell Salvage Machine. The organ replacement machines operate in orchestrated loops, keeping each other alive through circulation of electrical impulses, oxygen and artificial blood.

Salted water acts as blood replacement: throughout the artificial circulatory system minerals are added and filtered out again, the blood gets oxygenated via contact with the oxygen cycle, an ECG device monitors the system’s heartbeat. As the fluid pumps around the room in a meditative pulse, the sound of mechanical breath and slow humming of motors resonates in the body through a comforting yet disquieting soundscape.