April 22nd Event: Vittorio Marchis “Autopsy of a Machine”

Internationally renowned for his performative public history, Vittorio Marchis is coming to Cleveland to perform an autopsy of a 1940s electrocardiograph machine (ECG), and to discuss technologies for viewing the body, including X-Ray and ECG. Combining performance art with a deep under­ standing of historical objects, Marchis will look inside the historical machines that have allowed phy­sicians to peer into the human machine. Layered with metaphor, Marchis’ autopsy will transform how we view not only medical technologies but historical artifacts themselves. Conjuring the modern crime laboratory, Marchis will disassemble a historical artifact, raising questions about the “meaning of artifacts in public humanities, as well as the digital age.”

April 22nd, 2013 at 6pm
Allen Memorial Medical Library, Ford Auditorium, 11000 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (map)

RSVP to jennifer.nieves@case.edu, (216) 368-3648
Event Flyer [PDF]

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Erin Bell (M.L.I.S.) is Project Coordinator and Technology Director at the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University and lead developer for Curatescape, a web and mobile app framework for publishing location-based humanities content. In addition to managing a variety of oral history, digital humanities and educational technology initiatives, he has spoken to audiences of librarians, scholars, and technologists on best practices in web development and publishing.