ISEA 2013 - Helen Pynor and Peta Clancy

Clip from performance of The Body is a Big Place at the launch party of the OSCILLATOR exhibition in Science Gallery on February 7th 2013. The Body is a Big Place is a large-scale, immersive installation that explores organ transplantation and the thresholds between life and death.


19th International Symposium of Electronic Art , ISEA 2013

8 June - 14 July 2013

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

500 Harris St, Ultimo

Sydney, Australia

Helen Pynor and Peta Clancy are showing video documentation of their recent heart perfusion performances at ISEA2013 – 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art.  They will be exhibiting a 6 min video of their  Science Gallery Dublin Performance.

The work forms part of the ‘Synapse' exhibition showcasing outcomes of a selection of the Synapse Art-Science residencies commissioned by the Australian Network for Art and Technology over the last 10 years.

The performance forms part of a longer term exploration of the ambiguous edges between life and death, and issues relating to organ transplantation.

The Dublin performance in Feb 2013 was the first time Pynor and Clancy perfused hearts with blood.  In May, they showed  ‘The Body is a Big Place’ at Galerija Kapelica in Ljubljana, Slovenia with a 3-channel video projection and a newly worked version of their pig hearts performance in which they perfused hearts with fresh pig’s blood, developed in collaboration with pharmacologist Gorazd Drevensek from the University of Ljubljana.  Unexpectedly one of the hearts  continued to beat for 20 hrs, further extending the duration of it's 'living' status outside the body of the pig and offering a poignant but paradoxically life affirming spectre. 

Pig hearts were obtained from an abattoir during its regular operations. No animals were harmed for the specific purposes of these performances.