[Intangible Final] Vessel #615

With @Anh Le

Vessel #615 is an interactive installation that uses an abstract system to confront sick bodies being gazed at and examined. 

This project came into shape when I found a collection of old medical reports  – my body, a body deemed 19 year-old and female, was displayed, examined, broken down into categories, and described in abundance details over months of hospitalization.  Disease, hospitalization and treatment made me reflect constantly about objectification of sick bodies as I was constantly displayed, examined, looked at and dehumanized.

As a patient, the dehumanization is experienced through both unfamiliar procedures and unreadable reports, due to the barrier of languages and understanding of the systems at work. With this experience in mind, we designed a system to confront the absurdity of body alienation that comes from being gazed and examined in medical facilities.

Proposal & Planning

This installation consists of a half tank of clear water, with a water pump system constantly working in a heatbeat pattern, that gets contaminated by ink whenever a viewer gets close and looks at the “vessel”. Over time, the liquid becomes significantly darker, and slowly blocks off the video playing in the background.

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