Phantom models

In 1885, an anatomist from the city of Prague, Chr. Aeby, and a Swiss engineer, A. Büchi, built the first representative model of the brain nerve fibers and emotional areas of the human brain with educational scientific purposes. This creation had such a big success that it has been required by biological medical institutions in over twenty cities around the world. Goal: to train the doctors of the future and learn about the human mind at a cost of 500 Swiss francs.

Thanks to the instructions included in a publication written by the two scholars, Fogarolli has rebuilt this model. The project will be developed by the year 2020. Its goal is to recreate all the lost brain models and bring them back to the other cities of the world where they were but in which they are no longer kept.

With this project Fogarolli also aims to put a number of questions about the relationship between human and digital archiving. How far does the contemporary society system combine our chances of progress and construction of memory? Are we subjected to gears that facilitate and improve the preservation of what we really are or is the absolute abundance of data about us bringing us to adrift and oblivion?

 

 

 

 

 1 - AMSTERDAM

1. Phantom model of Prof. Chr. Aeby, I, Amsterdam | Original model, Courtesy Vrolik Medical Center, Amsterdam. Exhibition view at de Appel arts centre, 2015, Amsterdam.

 

Phantom (model) of the  course of the nerve fibers in the human brain, iron wires and cork, (detail) 190 x 80 cm, before 1885. Courtesy Vrolik Museum, Amsterdam

 

74 in one, 2015, pigment print on cotton paper Hahnemühle, 12.7 x 16 cm.Amsterdam anatomist Georg Ruge teaches the anatomy of the brain using the Aeby-Büchi model, around 1895, Courtesy Vrolik Museum.

 

 

2 - MOSCOW 

Christian Fogarolli, 2016, Phantom model of Prof. Chr. Aeby II Moscow, rebuild | exhibition view at Trekhgornaya Manufaktura, NCCA | National Center for Contemporary Art, MMOMA | Moscow Museum of Modern Art

 

Christian Fogarolli, 2016, Phantom model of Prof. Chr. Aeby II Moscow, rebuild | detail

 

 A. Y a. Kozhevnikov (1836 - 1902), March 19, 1898. Historical Museum of Moscow Medical Academy.

 

 

Christian Fogarolli, 2016, Phantom model of Prof. Chr. Aeby II Moscow, rebuild | exhibition view at Trekhgornaya Manufaktura, NCCA | National Center for Contemporary Art, MMOMA | Moscow Museum of Modern Art

 

 

3 - TURIN

 

 Christian Fogarolli, 2016, Phantom models III Turin, exhibition view at Anatomical Museum Luigi Rolando, Turin

 

 Phantom models III Turin, detail

 

  Phantom models III Turin, detail

  Phantom models III Turin, detail

 Phantom models III Turin, archive documents and the book of Chr. Aeby, 1883.

 

4 - PRAGUE (upcoming)

 

5 - PHILADELPHIA (upcoming)