Shroud

Video Photo Info

Dimensions: 3,50 x 2,20 cm

Photo and video credit: Daniel Canogar. Video edition: Sofía Montenegro.

In Shroud Daniel Canogar collected X-rays from colleagues, friends and other sources, joining the different body parts into a large panel reminiscent of a stained glass window. A video projector aimed at the panel highlights details from the X-rays - vertebrae, skulls, femurs - and transforms the lifeless images into an animated canvas. In some instances, projections of moving electronic MRIs are juxtaposed over the static photographic X-rays, confronting new digital tools with older analogue technologies. At other times, scientific films of bacteria or blood cells are aimed at the panel, adding yet another layer of visual information about our body to the ensemble. Silver-plated photographic X-rays are becoming obsolete, replaced by digital files often delivered to patients in a CD. Yet they belong to an important chapter of the history of medicine that can be traced back to the first anatomical theaters that Vesalius staged in the Renaissance. Today, as medical diagnostic technologies seem to probe into the darkest recesses of the human body, we continue to remain fascinated by images of our insides, always hoping that the elusive mystery of who we are will one day be revealed.