I devised and produced a spoken word piece paired with a surround sound track exploring the neural pathways that lead to experience and consciousness performed at the Barts Pathology Museum as part of my studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
You find yourself surrounded by fragmented bodies trapped in jars,
a unified identity
This is home
to the people whose final resting place is fragmented
The students who pick up these fragments
Object and condition in a jar
Are you entertained or educated?
Those in charge give the past a voice
Do they see a jar?
The voice tells a story
Anatomy or history, it isn't up to them
The silent audience from eras past,
does it welcome you?
This anonymity out of insult and respect
Presence altering the space
An immigrant unaware of the future of their left foot
Do their family know?
Stripped of identity,
a responsibility narrows as bodies evaporate from their story
The ugly past confronts you