Ideas of anatomical specimens can be dominated by negative preconceptions of the morbid and abject. This project aims to provide a perspective on anatomical practice that foregrounds a subjectivity of the person whose body part has become a specimen. The project hopes to contextualise the practice and materials of anatomy within a language of care, generosity and learning through performance. In developing Warmed Air we want to build an expansive dialogue around the human body and it’s material legacies.
Professor of Anatomy at Edinburgh University Tom Gillingwater first developed a series of anatomy workshops for non medics in 2015. Here is an article detailing the rationale behond the public workshops, Anatomy: back in the public spotlight from the Lancet by Tom Gillingwater and Gordon Findlater.