I Am Not A Piece Of Meat
I Am Not A Piece Of Meat is a commissioned digital artwork and an immersive digital experience that steps beyond the parameters of traditional artform conventions to innovate and expand the theatre space, and transfer it into new experiential online, virtual and augmented experiences of live performance. I Am Not A Piece Of Meat presents research and production materials – text, video, medical art, sound scores, still images and ‘out takes’ from the performed work. However, Instead of representing documentation, the digital artwork will endeavor to generate a digital interface that is interactive and experiential, investigating the parameters between dissemination, live performance and remote critical engagement.
The viewer is invited to embark on a journey and enter the realm of Renaissance European Anatomy Theatres, contemporary dissections labs, myth and taboo – the world of THE ANATOMY ACT. The spectator is drawn into a meditation on the reality of the body in life and death, the status of the cadaver, and the moral and ethical issues surrounding our attitude, past and present, to the parsed and opened body. Designed to appeal to students and scholars as well as artists interested in the body, I Am Not A Piece Of Meat is a bespoke voyage of curiosity into complex and fascinating cultural ideas that cluster around our bodies’ interiors, what we know of our insides, and what we fear and disavow.
In addition there is series of commissioned writings from artists, scholars, cultural critics, anatomists and curators as well as new writing by Furse herself, accompanied by a specially commissioned soundtrack composed and performed by world-renowned saw-player David Coulter.
This digital artwork is the last of three projects that have involved veteran theatre and performance writer and director, Anna Furse. Within her overarching project THE THEATRE OF OUR BODIES, this new online work both archives and extends the research and development into the production of her performance lecture ANNA FURSE PERFORMS AN ANATOMY ACT: A SHOW AND TELL that was commissioned by CAPP and Create in 2016 and premiered at Live Collision International Festival in November 2016. In this project Furse worked with anatomists both in Trinity College Dublin and at Kings College London.
I Am Not A Piece Of Meat is part of The Theatre of Our Bodies and The Anatomy Act; in partnership with Wellcome Trust/ Live Collision/ Trinity College Dublin & Kings College London.