This provocative event slips between testimony and reflection, emotion and medicine, flesh and technology to contemplate our abiding fascination with what lies under our skin.
In today’s culture the screen replaces touch and the naked eye. When it comes to our insides becoming digital spectacles, how do we feel about the sheer thrill of becoming transparent? Scientific and artistic portrayals of the human body overlap throughout anatomical history, with knife, brush and hands all shaping images from dissected corpses. With the invention of the X-ray, for the first time in human history, we could see into the living body.
GLASS BODY plunges the spectator into the depths of obstetrics ultrasound technology to provoke questions about our interior visibility as a lived experience.
Physical transparency is a key issue in this beautifully assembled and gently suggestive blend of live performance (by Marie Gabrielle Rotie), poetic text, sound and image inspired by its creator Anna Furse’ experience of ultrasound technology. Less than half an hour long, it’s a small, thoughtful gem of medical, cultural and artistic enquiries
Probing and intelligent, and the intimacy of the experience creates a dreamy spell that gets under your skin so that long after it has finished you have a heightened awareness of your own body
LYN GARDNER, THE GUARDIAN
The overlapping of art and science worked well….throws up all sort of disturbing tangents
KATE MUIR, THE TIMES MAGAZINE
Rotie’s silent and enigmatic performance presence is beautifully played; the interplay of screen images (flying birds, babes-in-the-womb, X-rayed limbs, playing children) and live actions (the laying out of a set of child’s clothes, the pulling of a string of DNA-like beads from the mouth, the ritual washing and cleansing) are lovely images that work in harmony
TOTAL THEATRE MAGAZINE
GLASS BODY’s two week residency in the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital was a resounding success.……The research for the performance was meticulous, with the balance of emotional response and technical information clearly structured so as not to baffle the audience
ALEX MINTON, HOSPITAL ARTS, CHELSEA AND WESTMINSTER HOSPITAL
A wonderful piece of performance art, that represented the emotions we see on a daily basis
JULIAN NORMAN TAYLOR, DIRECTOR, ASSISTED CONCEPTION UNIT, CHELSEA AND WESTMINSTER HOSPITAL
GLASS BODY FRAGMENTS – a video/digital installation, was commissioned by THE BERNIE GRANT ARTS CENTRE for The Gathering , March 2008