Monday, August 25, 2008

Dead man's party.

I've read this
amazing book about the life of cadavers in my not too distant past. If you haven't read it yet, you really ought to give it some of your time. It's compelling like you wouldn't believe. Then again, I'm a fan of the nonfiction ... it's my favorite kind of stuff to fill my head up with. Give me facts instead of made-up yarns and tales and I am a happy man. It's funny, too ... believe you me, the history of dead people is hilarious.

Anyway ... one of the chapters dealt with the process of Plastination, which allows a deceased body to be preserved immediately after a person has died by coating everything (internal organs as well as the outside of the body) with a thin layer of plastic. This allows someone to view a body's insides (and outsides, I suppose) as he or she looked after they have passed on. Intriguing stuff, no? Immediately after my ex-roommate read the book, he decided, right then and there, that he was going to be plastinated. No real reason. Just wanted to go that way.

So there's this traveling art exhibit that displays bodies that have been preserved in such a way and, well, today I learned that it's coming to Salt Lake ... just a couple blocks from where I live, actually, to the Leonardo. Read about it
HERE. This intrigues me to no end. If it piques your interest, you really ought to check it out while it's here. I'm already looking into possibly volunteering, so, if you do go, don't be surprised if you see me hanging out over there, eh?


frog said...

I can't believe that's coming. I'm not really looking forward to it ( eeee... dead people) but It's one of those things I'll probably got see. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

That exhibition is amazing. Von Hagen is a legend. He once conducted a four part lecture series which aired on the UK channel Channel Four. It was one of the best late night lectures I watched.

That week, Monday to Thursday at 11pm was a spectacular time to watch TV (and I hate watching TV). The finale was Gunther - the hat man - cutting and separating the intestines of a corpse in their entirety. He laid it all out and I think it stretched across 5 hospital guernies. It was amazing.

ram said...

Count me in.

Just so long as you're not there all plastinated and tagged.

melray1134 said...

I'm so there.

jess said...

i want to go and have been "meaning" to go in vegas and never have... let me know when you're going.

Kari V. said...

I went to the exhibit here in seattle when it was here 2 years ago. It was definitely interesting to say the least. :)

Kari V. said...

I went to the exhibit here in seattle when it was here 2 years ago. It was definitely interesting to say the least. :)