Friday, June 8, 2007

Body Artist

I just finished writing a paper on prosthesis in Russia in the 1920s, so I've been thinking a lot about body extension, the various binding/liberating qualities to modern technology. So following on yesterday's WWI art post, I thought I'd add an image from and link to a Smithsonian article on facial prosthesis.

"Wounded tommies facetiously called it "The Tin Noses Shop." Located within the 3rd London General Hospital, its proper name was the "Masks for Facial Disfigurement Department"; either way, it represented one of the many acts of desperate improvisation borne of the Great War, which had overwhelmed all conventional strategies for dealing with trauma to body, mind and soul. On every front—political, economic, technological, social, spiritual—World War I was changing Europe forever, while claiming the lives of 8 million of her fighting men and wounding 21 million more."

No comments: