“We are these bodies” – Dresden

Günther von Hagen’s “Body Worlds” has returned to Dresden. After brilliant ideas about humans emerged in Dresden in 2014, the premiere of “Köperwelten – Am Puls der Zeit” took place in Germany. plastics d. Gunther von Hagens The myriad new preparations of the heart, nerves, and knee joints of the whole human being like a tightrope walker, a soccer goalkeeper or a painter on canvas. Says Professor Dr. Franz Josef Wittes emphatically. This is important to him. Weitz has been accompanying the realms of the body philosophically and morally for years. “Nothing here decomposes, nothing here smells and there is not a single corpse-like situation. This is not a funeral, we are celebrating life,” Weitz says. Is von Hagen teasing it? “Yes so what?” So Witz. Meaning that he wants to reach people, to touch them. Not by showing the dead. For anatomists, this revival is always done artistically. The first atlas of human anatomy by Andreas Vesalius was drawn by a student of Titian, with Roman landscapes in the background and in aesthetic poses. We have also learned that for the past 20 years, according to curator Dr. Angelia Wally on scientific stages. Because the first plasters, which appear in Japan by the way, looked like purely anatomical models – this actually made visitors feel a little cold.

“It’s me”

Putting people in everyday situations, in sports, at work, awakens the feeling in the viewer: “This is me!” This fascination with reflection casts awe at the great mystery of life – in all its vanishing. The exhibition exemplifies this uniqueness, given disease and old age. So personal information is completely missing from the exhibits – on purpose. Because it is not a matter of individual destiny, then we will be just that – a cemetery, a place of remembrance,” says Professor Weitz. The only thing that will tell the visitor where it came from is the huge elephant. He died naturally at Neunkirchen Zoo in Saarland. And then what happened? The body is protected from decomposition by morphology, and the proteins remain interconnected. Then the preparers come into play, removing water from each cell in a vacuum and filling it with silicone. The curator of the exhibition, Dr. Wally as they appear cloudy as soon as the light of life in them is extinguished, glass eyes are usually used or – if the eyeball is preserved – only the iris is replaced. The iris is known to determine eye color and is as unique as a genetic fingerprint, which is probably why it was removed. The truth is, we humans are evolutionarily manicured to look into the other person’s eyes. A dull eye will bother us.

Think about your own life

What it takes 1,500 human-hours to produce ready-made platinum has taken more than 60,000 hours for our villa. That would be impressive enough. But it is also good for the show’s creators to present everyday knowledge such as “a memory like an elephant” in an anatomical comparison. In general, animals and humans are rounded out in biological disposition and aesthetic liveliness. In this regard, the animal plasters “were not lost in the exhibition,” assures Professor Weitz. We are also reflected in other creatures. The “worlds of the body” is therefore an invitation to reflect on one’s unique life. For example, what is digitization doing to the brains of young children who are already typing on tablets in their strollers? How do neurons intertwine? How do these children behave as adults? What things do we turn to in life, what makes us happy and for how long? Questions to questions that are effectively addressed. Because “we are that body,” says Weitz. We have to take care of her, give her her time and balance. Dr. says. Angelina Wally. ”

  • The worlds of the body – on the pulse of time “Zeitenstrom Dresden, Königsbrücker Straße 96
  • Open: until September 4, Mon-Fri: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday/Sunday and Public Holidays: 10am-6pm (last entry 5pm)

Others sign off on organ donation.

More than 19,000 people have registered as body donors. One of them is Barbel Kirsch from Dresden. She is 65 years old, fun loving and working in retirement. When you see the plastic board in front of you, how do you feel? I just admire.

How did you get the idea that you might be there one day?

I decided to do this in 2008 because I think it’s a good thing when the body is still used to something – rather than just lying in a cemetery. She also acts as a healthcare agent, and others sign off on organ donation. I find a body donation for science a useful idea.

How do friends and acquaintances deal with her when she hears this?

Most of them are a bit surprised. Lots of people discover different types of burials at some point and think it’s okay to end up in a cemetery, because that’s how it is.

But you yourself do not know what happens to you after death – so what is there to see?

Well, you’ve been briefed on Plastination, but to be honest, I don’t really care what happens next. For me, the body is part of the human being, but what remains is the soul. That’s what I remember, how I remember others. I don’t go to the cemetery myself. My father is buried normally, but I have never visited him. I’d rather look at his picture, maybe a souvenir, I don’t need a place where the body lies, which after a certain time no longer exists anyway. With me man is alive in spirit. I know who it was

Has this move changed your attitude towards things, have you lived differently since then?

I will not say. This was my stance before and I’m more and more impressed with each show. I just made the decision earlier that I’m going to take my grandchildren here. Of course I ask them if they want to.

Have you talked to your grandchildren about this?

So, the kids are 13 and 8 years old. Big knows. I think one should spend some time in life with one’s grandchildren and not expect anything to happen after death. This is a matter for everyone. Also the matter of my grandchildren. They can do whatever they want later. I don’t make demands and I don’t have expectations. Everyone should know this for themselves.

Are you a happy person?

at all. I do a lot, I’m a member of the 1156 AD historical settlement train, which recreates the settlement of Saxony today, and I make music in a band.

in a squad? what are you playing?

I sing. Old rock music.

that is great. I wish you an exciting life.

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