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?
Initial concept for 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. ‘In Perpetuity' is currently in creative development with support from Creative Victoria and Deakin University.
Concept: Kate Hunter
Performance: Kate Hunter, Josephine Lange
Sound design: Jem Savage
Harpsichord: Diana Weston
Dramaturge: Glynis Angell
Choreographer: Sally Smith
Lighting design: Richard Vabre
Producer: Kath Papas
Photos: Leo Dale
‘The moment you stop thought, time too stops dead’.
Morgan: As you get older, you get sadder. I was so self-obsessed in my 20s – I was sad about myself but also sad about everything else.
Kat: In my 20s I was more outraged. When you’re young, sad and helpless it’s more romantic. Isn’t this shit but it’s beautiful?
Kate: I dream of teeth. Falling out. False teeth. Denture powder. People with gaps in their teeth. Braces. Aging. Teeth are used in forensics for working out the age of people. And Identifying people. They’re the last thing that burn and decay.
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