Resuscitation (2011)

Exhibition at Camille Claudel Hall, Clermont-Ferrand, France 2011.

Installation, film projection, objects, text, images.

Film: Runtime: 13.34 mins B&W (with audio)

‘Resuscitation’ was inspired by ‘Experiments in the Revival of Organisms’ made in 1940 by the Soviet Film Agency.  It records and demonstrates the apparent successful resuscitation of a dog’s severed head as conducted by Dr. S.S Bryukhonenko at the Institute of Experimental Physiology and Therapy, USSR. It is unclear whether the film is a work of fact or fiction. Nonetheless the impact of its contents are both shocking and compelling. The film is projected alongside objects of early medical equipment, text and images to create a fictional narrative which alters the reading of the film, raising questions of influence, authenticity and manipulation of fact.