THE PROSPECT OF IMMORTALITY
By Murray Ballard
I knew this exhibition was coming up at the Side Gallery because i am signed up with their news letter. The title, "The Prospect of Immortality" is intriguing, and reflects on the process of freezing a human body after death. The first question that popped into my mind was is this possible and is it real? As an atheist I was very wary of this work. Something inside me thinks that we shouldn't mess with nature and our natural way of living and dying. But as an artist I think it's important to have and open mind and look outside the box.
For centuries humans have explored science so this exhibition wasn't a shock. Saying that, I do think this work still raises questions. Are we afraid of dying? If we could, would we live forever? Is this the future? Personally I enjoy getting older and I have been aware since a child that we don't live forever. It's a very interesting subject and project as an artist/photographer to explore.
When I started looking at the images in the exhibition I felt a little bit uneasy. At first I wasn't sure what I was looking at because the images don't immediately make it clear.
All in all I did enjoy the exhibition because I have never heard or seen an exhibition like this one. It raised questions and it got me to question myself as an individual. Are we taking science too far, and are we playing with something that should be left alone. What does your gut instinct tell you?
I was looking at what format and material used for printing the images. I think the artist has chosen well as this really highlights the subject matter even more. The prints have that shiny dead effect.