Austrian art-technology-philosophy group monochrom is coming to Rx Gallery in San Francisco this week with their “Experience The Experience Of Being Buried Alive” installation which is part of their “Experience The Experience!” West Coast tour. This series attempts to bring new “experiences”, such as being buried alive, to those who participate in monochrom’s installations. The opening reception at Rx Gallery is on Friday, July 8th at 7:00pm.
The people present will have an opportunity to be buried alive in a coffin for fifteen minutes. As a framework program there will be lectures about the history of the science of determining death and the medical cultural history of “buried alive”. People buried alive not only populate the horror stories of past centuries, but also countless reports in specialized medical literature. The theme of unintentional resurrection by grave robbers also runs through forensic protocols. Even in the 19th century it was said that every tenth person was buried alive. No wonder that the fear of this fate was immense and led – especially in the German-speaking region – to all kinds of precautions to avoid it. Various death test methods were developed, for instance. “Security coffins” with bell pulls and air hoses were patented; mortuaries were built, in which corpses were left for days to natural decay.
monochrom will return to San Francisco again on July 14th for “Experience The Experience Of Growing Money”, July 16th for “Experience The Experience Of Catapulting Wireless Devices” and on July 20th for “Experience The Experience Of 1 Baud”. Los Angeles and Vancouver are also stops on monochrom’s tour.
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