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NOTHING BROKE BUT THE HEART
(Installation)
X-ray photographs, magnetic resonance imaging digital images, computer generated animation, Plexiglas, and objects
Documentation duration 1:51min. © 1993

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Synopsis

Nothing Broke but the Heart is a physical poem, a concrete interpretation of the metaphoric language we use to verbalize love and emotions. Modern, cold, invasive... none-the-less, state-of-the-art electronic medical technologies; X-ray beams, huge electromagnets, computers, film, and video, have been used to create very literal invocations of metaphors that have existed since the age of the Troubadours.

The installation contrasts the subjective expression of emotional injury with the objective analysis of physical injury. One can search for broken bones using X-rays. It is straightforward for a doctor to heal them. But, even with the most advanced medical imaging technology, the high-speed EPI scan, it is not possible to find the "break" in a heart. One cannot see the source of the pain.

Exhibitions

1997
Top '97, Frauen Kulturbureau NRW Düsseldorf, Germany

1995
SIGGRAPH 95 Art Show
Los Angeles, USA

1995
Galerie am Wiedfang
2. Regensburger Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg, Germany1994

Videonale Bonn 6, Bonn, Germany

1993
New Digital Media:
Two American Artists in Köln
Amerika Haus, Cologne, Germany

Catalogs & Reviews

Hein, Helmut. "Liebes-Ikone, Trümmerherz", Die Woche Magazin 28, November 9, 1995.

Martino, Jacquelyn. "The SIGGRAPH 95 Art Gallery", ACM Computer Graphics, Vol. 29, No. 4 November 1995, page 56.

Videonalle Bonn 6 Catalog

This work was created during a fellowship at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne 

© Clea T. Waite 1993