Body Worlds: En manipuleret virkelighed: En undersøgelse af fremstillingen af menneskekroppen i forhold til naturvidenskabelige idealer og den anatomiske tradition

Matilde Steensberg, Katrine Nørgaard Schouboe, Gry Brus Madsen, Luna Uhrskov Jacobsen, Peter Zerahn & Mette Jørgensen

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


This paper examines the Body Worlds exhibition as a phenomenon that draws elements from the
Renaissance and the anatomical tradition, as well as epistemic codes in the natural sciences. In our
study of Body Worlds we include research papers and relevant arguments about the exhibition as
well as the creator Gunther von Hagens’ presentation of his work. Furthermore, we include the
theory that Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison presents in their book Objectivity (2007) and have
found that this supports our argument.
We conclude that Body Worlds draws on earlier periods within the anatomical tradition, especially
the Renaissance, however, it cannot be seen as mirroring any particular anatomical tradition.
Rather it presents an amalgamation of different aesthetics, artistic expressions and epistemic codes
that results in a new approach to science, where the real is manipulated through von Hagens’
plastination technique.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2019
Antal sider57
VejledereKasper Risbjerg Eskildsen


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