She said to me: ‘It stops. The lights go out and that’s it.
Bang. Dead. Finished.
End of everything.’
If you had the choice to live forever … would you? What is ‘dead’? What is ‘alive’? Where do we draw the line?
'In Perpetuity' investigates the notion of immortality and extended life, and the ways in which new medical technologies - scientific and technological innovations in organ donation, transplantation, cryogenics and medical intervention- have radically shifted the line between living and dying. What are the physical, medical and ethical repercussions that these procedures hold for us as humans, and the implications for our future: in life, in death and beyond it?
Using personal stories of the afterlife from hippies, taxidermists, palliative care nurses and nuns, 'In Perpetuity' is an inquiry into the nature of the human body: its structure, its systems, and its frailties. Are you your body, or is your body you? How do we distinguish the flesh, the guts, the tissue, the blood, from the thoughts, memories, values, preferences and imagination of a person? When does someone stop being a person, and become an object?
This project was supported in 2017 by an Art in Biomedical Science residency at St Vincent's Hospital and the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology at the University of Melbourne.
Concept: Kate Hunter
Performance: Kate Hunter, Josephine Lange
Electroacoustic engineer: Jem Savage
Harpsichord: Diana Weston
Dramaturge: Glynis Angell
Choreographer: Sally Smith
Producer: Kath Papas
'The moment you stop thought, time too stops dead'.
'Donkey Sanctuary' is an exploration of time: wasting time, worrying about time, needing time, finding time, losing time. As a concept, time is an illusion. We know time only because of what we've lost, or what we remember, or the deadlines we must fill.
An exciting new collaboration with playwright Morgan Rose and director Katrina Cornwall of Lonely Company, 'Donkey Sanctuary' is in its early days and we don't what it is yet.