While many artworks might require you sell an organ to afford them, at least with this one you could survive: The Immortal is an installation made up of life-support machines, designed to makes us contemplate our dependence on medical technology.
The Immortal is an art installation made up of life support machines, and it was designed to make us contemplate our dependence on medical technology.
Cretaed by Revital Cohen, The Immortal features machines like a Dialysis machine, Heart Lung machine, infant incubator, a mechanical ventilator and an intraoperative cell salvage machine. When strung together, they circulate air and salted water in place of blood, and the minerals are added and filtered out again, and the liquid is oxygenated.
Cohen explains on his website:
"A number of life-support machines are connected to each other, circulating liquids and air in attempt to mimic a biological structure. The Immortal investigates human dependence on electronics, the desire to make machines replicate organisms and our perception of anatomy as reflected by biomedical engineering."
The Immortal will be part of Superhuman, an exhibition exploring human enhancement that will open at the Wellcome Collection in London, UK, on July 19th. [Revital Cohen via We Make Money Not Art]