Warmed Air is a site-specific performance for the extraordinary historic lecture theatre and museum of the Anatomy Department at Edinburgh University’s Old Medical School. The work explores varying levels of perceiving and experiencing the body, from the tangible sensations of our own body and the memories that form the stories of our bodies, to the relationships our bodies have with those of others both alive and dead. Choreography and vocal scores are being made as translations of the form and display of specimens from the Edinburgh anatomical specimen collection and from hand painted teaching posters from the anatomy department archives.
The project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Laura Bradshaw, Laura Gonzalez, Paul Michael Henry, Ruth Pollitt, John Clark and Steven Anderson in consultation with the Anatomical Museum Curator Malcolm McCallum and the Anatomy Professor Tom Gillingwater. The work is a development of a Talbot Rice Gallery commission by Steven Anderson in 2015.
This project extends a working relationship between the artists involved and the anatomy department staff and site into an careful approach of working directly alongside museum cadaveric material to create a unique response to an emotionally and ethically complex environment. For each artist the project is a development from previous working themes around the medicalised body. As a group of artists who have worked together through various configurations in performances, festivals and educational contexts, the themes of this project are extending mutual interests into an deeply invested collaborative working process.