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Experiments in Galvanism

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Experiments in Galvanism is the culmination of studio and gallery experiments in which a miniature computer is implanted into the dead body of a frog specimen. On the one hand, it is a media-archaeological exploration of Galvani’s early 19th century experiments on the electrical stimulation of dead animals, which influenced Mary Shelly’s conception of Frankenstein’s monster, composed of various dead body parts animated by electricity.


Like Damien Hirst’s animal bodies in formaldehyde, the work is at once horrific and quasi-spiritual.  The frog is suspended in clear liquid contained in a glass cube, with a blue ethernet cable leading into an electrodein in its abdomen. The computer stores a website that enables users to trigger physical movement in the corpse: the resulting movement can be seen in gallery, and through a live streaming webcamera.



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