This book provides bibliographic information, ownership records, a detailed worldwide census and a description of the handwritten annotations for all the surviving copies of the 15 editions of Vesalius’ De humani corporis fabrica.
It also offers a groundbreaking historical analysis of how the Fabrica traveled across the globe, and how readers studied, annotated and critiqued its contents from 1543 to 2017.
It introduces the viewer to Rosy’s life story: early fascination with spirals, experiences with hallucinatory psychedelics, schizophrenic episodes, joining Socialists’ Patients Collective (SPK), and ultimately uploading her consciousness to cyberspace and thereby living her life as an animated character.
The film starts with found footages thatrange from Dadaist cinema to early Fleischer studio animations, and ends with an animation of Rosy’s avatar meandering in cyberspace and being molested by a panda- headed man.
The Rorschach drawings contain two visual motifs that weave the narrative onward: the double and the spiral.
The doubles propagate themselves in the word play that starts with “twin” and “split”, which the artist visualised with found images from the Internet.
This is the culmination of Su’s extended research on mental illness and social control, offering a dissection of her own state of mind to explore the im/possibility of autonomy, agency and empathy in one’s daily struggles.
The Fabrica of Andreas Vesalius sheds a fresh light on the book’s vibrant reception history and documents how physicians, artists, theologians and collectors filled its pages with copious annotations.
It also offers a novel interpretation of how an early anatomical textbook became one of the most coveted rare books for collectors in the 21st century.
Los orígenes de la historia del libro se remontan a las primeras manifestaciones pictóricas de nuestros antepasados, la pintura rupestre del hombre del paleolítico.
Con un simbolismo, posiblemente cargado de significados mágicos, estas pinturas muestran animales, cacerías y otras escenas cotidianas del entorno natural del hombre antiguo, que trataba de dominar las fuerzas adversas de la naturaleza capturando su esencia mediante su representación.
With the playful slippages in the rhyming of twin/pin/spin and the alliterating sibilance of split/snip/slit, Su conceives of words as sound-images with autonomy from the subject. Norton, 1990), p.49-50 ￼￼ The doubling also occurs in Please tell me what’s been bothering you, which contains a conversation between a patient, who is convinced she has a doppelgänger, and ELIZA, a first-generation AI computer psychotherapist from the 1960s.